Green Homes: Saving Money, Saving the Planet

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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)

3. Sustainability
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.

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