The “green movement” saw the creation of all sorts of creative and technologically groundbreaking ways to make your home more energy efficient and environmentally aware. But if you’re still looking for ways to make your home more eco-friendly, here’s an inexpensive, no-brainer solution to greening your home: xeriscaping.
Xeriscaping is the newest age-old tradition to be resurrected in the name of eco-salvation, and it basically consists of two steps: slightly amending the soil to retain water and provide nutrients, and then landscaping a yard to include native, drought-resistantplants that consume little water. It may seem like a simple step, but xeriscaping can have dramatic impacts on the environment and on your wallet – especially in arid climates, like at this 3-bed,2-bath home in California (top), or this ranch-style house in New Mexico (above).
Lower consumption of imported water means that water stays in places where it naturally occurs and is needed to ensure proper functioning of previously established ecosystems (for an example, see the debate over the Colorado River usage). It also means that you spend significantly less on your monthly water bill. And, if you’re not big on the whole gardening thing, good news: xeriscaped gardens, like the one at this 5-bed, 6-bath home in Colorado, are low-maintenance and will typically thrive on their own.
Smart Choice Real Estate Solutions strives to improve not only the local community but also our environment. Our renovations include energy star rated appliances throughout as well as energy efficient windows and doors. Check out the Homes For Sale section of our website for examples.