Building green in Rhode Island is great for the environment, locally and nationally. It reduces electricity consumption, water consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, and landfill waste, but do you know it can also save you money?
According to the US Department of Energy, the average family spends $2,150 on energy bills. That’s almost $200 per month. By employing a number of energy saving techniques, a green home reduces that bill by anywhere from 30-60%. Well-insulated windows, energy star appliances, and environmentally friendly light fixtures all contribute to lower energy bills. In fact, using LED light bulbs can reduce a fixture’s energy consumption by 90%.
Water consumption in green homes is greatly reduced by such innovative products as tank-less water heaters and dual flush toilets. High efficiency showerheads and faucets further assist in reducing water usage. The average washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load. However, choosing a high-efficiency model reduces water use by 35-50%. Outside, rainwater collection systems work to conserve water for efficient irrigation systems.
Investing as little as $4 per square foot in building green in Rhode Island can amount to a savings of $58 per square foot over the course of 20 years. For a 2,000 square foot residential home that’s a savings of $116,000! If you find yourself in the market to sell your home before that 20 year mark, don’t despair. You’re still likely to see a large return on your green investment. Green homes not only have a higher resale value, but they also tend to spend significantly less time on the market than conventional homes. New green homes typically sell for 8-10% more than non-certified green homes. Resale of an existing green home is valued even higher. On average, an existing green home sells for 30% more than a conventional home.
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