Eco-Broker | Beyond Properties Realty

At Beyond Properties, we care deeply about environmental responsibility and promoting sustainable practices in the real estate industry. As a certified EcoBroker, Erica Cuneen is skilled in promoting energy-efficient and green features in homes and buildings.

Whether you are looking to identify the most cost-effective improvements to your home, help secure a mortgage that includes energy-efficient upgrades or market your home’s energy, health and comfort related attributes, the agents at Beyond Properties can help you get the most out of your experience.


Why Work With an EcoBroker


Buyer Benefits:

EcoBrokers can help you find homes that are healthy, comfortable and cost-effective.

Save Money: EcoBrokers know energy-efficiency and the monthly cost-savings you can realize with insulation, windows, appliances and heating and cooling systems.

Find Green Homes Easily: With interest in energy-efficient, healthy and safe home features, EcoBrokers make it easy to either find homes with green attributes or make improvements to existing structures.

Live Comfortably: EcoBrokers help you improve your home environment by addressing indoor air quality, ventilation, use of low VOC paints, radon testing and reliable water testing.


Seller Benefits:

Anyone can price your home. It takes marketing to really sell it and promote green features sets you apart from the competition.

Sell for More: EcoBrokers understand the benefits of green features and are able to effectively promote them. This increases your homes value and sales price.

Distinguish Your Home from the Competition: Many home owners do not realize the value of promoting green features and miss a large market.

Attract More Buyers: Over 90% of buyers identify energy savings and home environment as key decision making factors.

To learn more about the EcoBroker program click here.


Green Resources

At Beyond Properties, we strive to live our lives to the greenest. Following is a list of resources to help you make your lifestyle more eco-effective.

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

HOME ENERGY SAVER empowers homeowners and renters to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their homes.

MY ENERGY shows the evolution of your usage and costs month over month, year over year, and can compare your performance to friends and other homes in your neighborhood.

GREEN HOME EXPERTS is your one-stop shop for everything you need to create a healthy home. From green lifestyle goods to sustainable building materials and eco-gardening, we offer green alternatives to just about anything you use in and around your home. They are only available online at:

GREEN ENERGY IMPROVEMENT is a building performance company specializing in residential energy assessments and energy efficiency upgrades throughout Chicago and Cook County. The company’s services include: energy assessments, air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, windows, hot water heaters, heating and cooling systems and Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Certifications.

ELEVATE ENERGY designs and implements efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. This “triple bottom line” approach—and the holistic solutions that result—makes them unique.
Illinois Green Business Association ILLINOIS GREEN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION helps businesses realize both the environmental and economic benefits of green practices by educating businesses on integrating environmental responsibility into daily operations in a manner that is sustainable as well as profitable!
The OAK PARK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION is working with twenty local businesses to both minimize their environmental impact and green their bottom line. See what local businesses are part of the Green Business Program!


Energy Saving Tips

With a little effort and these helpful tips, you can save energy and money.

To save on water heating costs, wrap your water heater in a hot water insulation kit, which is available at most hardware stores.
Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature of your home while you are away or sleeping.
Sealing and insulating your home will improve comfort and reduce heating and cooling costs. To improve the “envelope” of your home, add insulation, seal air leaks and choose energy-efficient windows.
Refrigerators account for up to 20 percent of a home’s electricity costs. To keep your power bills low, use only as much energy as is necessary. The refrigerator should be set between 38ºF and 42ºF. The freezer should be set between 0ºF and 5ºF.
Upgrade your refrigerator if it is 10 years old or older. Newer, efficient models can reduce energy consumption by up to half that of a 10-year-old conventional model.
Wash clothes in cold water and always have a full load. There are several cold temperature detergents on the market. Keep in mind, 15 minutes of presoaking and 5 minutes of agitation get clothes cleaner than 15 minutes of agitation.
Take advantage of incentives and rebates. Check with your local utility to see what rewards are available for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances, lighting or heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.