December 16, 2019

Green Living with Unison

“Going green” gets a lot of attention in today’s media. At Unison, we’re here to work with you to offer information about choices that are good for both the environment and your bottom line. Here are our top tips for helping the earth and your wallet.


+10k

in home value
by Installing Solar Panels
Adding solar to your home can make you the talk of the neighborhood. In addition to energy savings, homes with solar installations get a resale boost. A UC Berkeley study found that buyers were willing to pay $15,000 more for homes with an average-size solar array. That amounts to about $4 more per watt of solar power. The average home can save between $10,000 and $30,000 over the lifetime of a solar panel system.

+$1,775

a year
by Biking to Work
Even commuters who pay $0 in tolls and parking can expect to save nearly $1,775 a year by biking to work. That’s before even considering how much you could save on gym memberships, insurance, or the upside of ditching the car altogether.

10%

off your water bill
fix Common Leaks
Water leaks can silently destroy your home, or, in the best case, be an unnecessary cost on your water bill. An average household is estimated to waste nearly 10,000 gallons of water over a year, with 10% of homes having leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Fixing easy leaks can save you nearly 10% on your water bill.

+$75

a year
by Replacing Incandescents with LEDs
By replacing just five of your most-often used incandescents with LED bulbs, the department of energy estimates that you can save $75 a year. As a general rule, looking for the Energy Star-certified label on new products will save you money, and minimize your carbon footprint. This savings can seriously add up over the next few decades.


Living a greener lifestyle doesn’t need to mean buying expensive things. A few relatively easy lifestyle changes can make a big impact on the planet, and your bottom line.

Sources:
https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2015/11/12/premium-for-solar-homes/
https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/spending/T061-S001-how-much-can-i-save-biking-to-work/index.php https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/how-energy-efficient-light
https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week
https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/how-energy-efficient-light