Green home building has been a rising trend for several years. It doesn’t show any sign of stopping, either. It is likely that any environmentally conscious, sustainable elements in a home will be even more important 10 and 20 years out than they are now. And they’re plenty important now! People are increasingly aware of climate change and the need for conservation both of energy and water.
In addition, green building can save you money by lowering energy costs. If you want to resell your home, green building features will make sure your resale value reaches the maximum.
So, what are the best ways to ensure green home building? Here are three.
One. Plan for a Small Footprint
One of the most important steps is to plan for green building before you even move in. Lawns, plantings, and shade trees, for example, are also proven to increase air quality and lower the temperature in the summer. Running air conditioners causes energy expenditures to go up. Ultimately, homeowners are pulling from oil and gas reserves to cool their homes – not sustainable. Make sure that a plan for energy use as low as it can be is part of the overall environment of the home.
Two. Make Sure Your Home Has Energy Star Appliances
Energy Star appliances are mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency. Look specifically for the Energy Star label when you search for a home. Energy Star labels can be found on most appliances (dishwashers, hot water heaters, refrigerators), but they are also found on items that control the amount of heat in or out, like doors.
Three. Look for Solar Energy
Ultimately, probably the best green building feature is solar energy panels. Why? Because many green building practices are designed to reduce energy consumption. Solar panels draw and convert energy for the sun, so requirements for fossil fuel consumption (even if reduced fossil fuel consumption) simply become less or nonexistent. Look for solar panels when you search for a house!
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