With more and more people making ‘green’ lifestyle changes, it’s worth taking a look at some of the green options and benefits within your home.
1. Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is arguably the most all-around beneficial goal a homeowner could make. Energy-efficient practices can lower utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint, allowing you to save money and the planet. How can your home become more energy efficient?
- Energy-efficient HVAC systems and appliances
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures (look for the WaterSense label)
- EnergyStar appliances
- High-quality windows and doors
- Programmable thermostat
- High-efficiency water heater
2. Health Benefits
Many homeowners who desire health benefits in a home are looking to enjoy both the outdoors and the indoors. Walkability of neighborhood and indoor air quality are qualities green homeowners appreciate. How can a home help achieve health goals?
- A large yard or community with a good walkability rating
- Close proximity to parks and recreation areas
- Proper landscaping can reduce heating/cooling expenses and improve curb appeal
- Home interiors that are resistant to mildew and mold
- Hardwood floors, non-porous countertops and paints and finishes with low-VOC (volatile organic compounds)
Those focused on sustainability are concerned with resource conservation, recycling and renewable energy sources. How can sustainability be addressed around the home?
- Landscaping and windows that maximize daylight and solar heat
- Use of reclaimed or recycled materials within the home
- Space for a garden
- Rainwater harvesting
There are plenty of ways to turn your home into an environmentally friendly, cost- and resource-efficient property. Do your research and find what changes suit your lifestyle.