Eco-living Technologies Help Home Value Grow

Craig Benfield of Geebung has save thousands through green living.
Picture: Josh Woning Source: Quest Newspapers

The green property trend is branching out beyond minority groups to encompass the average home owner looking to save a buck and add house value, says a Geebung local.

For years home owner Craig Benefield had a carbon footprint the size of Godzilla‘s, but after making a few eco changes said he’d chopped his hefty electricity bills down by more than 100 per cent while adding considerable value to his abode.

“We are fairly high-energy users and because we have reverse-cycle air conditioning … our bills were up in the $700 per quarter,” he said.

“We have just got our first power bill (since getting solar panels and solar hot water) and it was just over $200 in credit for 41 days.”

It doesn’t take heavy construction to save money on your home upgrades, all you need to do is install the proper energy saving devices and you can save money right away.

A couple of years ago Mr Benefield made the decision to go greener said while he had to take out a few loans to do it, he had already earned it back in savings.

“It was definitely worth it. When we started we didn’t even know the Carbon Tax was coming in, now we should offset quite a bit,” he said.

And while a fatter wallet has proven a big benefit Mr Benefield felt investment on the property itself was worth its weight in gold.

“I have found it (eco-friendly homes) are far more common place now … I drive around the neighbourhood now and see more people putting solar panels on their roof.

“If I was buying and I saw a home with those eco additions … that would put it at the top of my list.”

And those eco additions have made it to the top of buyers’ lists, said Adam Hawkins of Ray White Aspley.

“It’s something that is being more and more questioned and it’s advantageous (for home owners) to comply,” he said.

“I’m definitely seeing more people steer towards it (eco-friendly homes).

“And it’s a good selling point that I have used.”

Green Cross Australia head of programs Miranda Mason said households were starting to embrace small behavioural changes as the wider implications of climate change were understood.

“We need to change the way we live in order to meet the needs of the future,” she said.

“Behaviour changes like turning off lights, using less energy, replacing light bulbs, finding better ways to save water and things like composting are all useful,” she said.


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