Home builders offer home buyers interesting home investment options and as demand for new homes decreases, builders are searching for new ways to attract buyers. Buyers searching for new housing opportunities can no find several new home opportunities that include energy efficient appliances and other conservation features such as low-flow toilets, CFL or LEED light bulbs, insulation and dual-pane low-E windows.An increased demand for “greener” homes has helped turn many home builders towards using more energy efficient features and building practices. Home sellers attempting to sell a home on the resale market have found that decreasing their home’s energy consumption helps increase interest in the home, decrease the days on market and gives the home features that help it standout apart from the competition. These features and building practices reduce a homes carbon footprint, help conserve water and save homeowners money on monthly energy bills.Building new environmentally friendly homes and adding features to resale homes does a lot for our environment, but every homeowner can make a difference. Those who already own a home and find that their home does not include any energy efficient or water conservation features may find that making their home environmentally friendly is easier and cheaper than they may expect. Energy efficiency is a concept that is necessary not just to lower utility bills; it is about using less and preserving more.Some of the following steps and tips may help to make sure your home is using less energy and water.o Check your heating and cooling systems to ensure that they are working properly. A faulty heating or cooling does not promote energy conservation.o Inspect you home’s walls, ceilings, flooring, baseboards, window and door frames for cracks through which air leaks may happen. Air leaks let air in and out making your heating and cooling systems work longer and harder.o Weather-strip your home’s doors and windows to prevent outside air from coming in. This cuts down your need to have more heating or cooling done in your home.o Buy energy efficient appliances, light bulbs and water conservation devices when you do buy new items. There are low-flow toilets, low-flow faucets and nearly all appliances are available in models that use less energy.o Turn off and unplug appliances when they are not in use, appliances use energy when they are in stand-by mode. You can help minimize electrical waste by plugging your appliances into a power strip.o Use less water as often as possible. Water saving/recycling irrigation systems can help use less water when water you lawn and small things like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth can make a large impact on water usage over a year.If you want to ensure that you haven’t missed any air leaks or conservation opportunities, you can call in an energy inspector to evaluate the way you consume energy. The inspector is a trained professional and can point out ways to reduce your carbon footprint and utility bill.
More and more people want to go green these days. There are many different ways you can go green in your own home and some of them are so simple you could start today. Many people are not taking full advantage of the opportunities that exist for them and others put off eco-friendly ideas because they think it’s too much trouble or too expensive to change.While some changes to green at home do come with a hefty price tag, there are many other things the average family can start doing right away to save the environment and to help save money at home.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind:o When you need new paint, use no or low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint
o When re-sealing wood doors or floors, latex is pollution-free
o Recycle your trash and waste
o Don’t buy new when you can buy used
o When replacing appliances, get Energy-star rated appliances
o Use low-flow toilets, faucets, shower heads, etc.
o Avoid toxic cleaning chemicalsSwitching to a green frame of mind can make a big difference in your home, your life and the health and well-being of your family. It’s well worth it to make the change today. Even if you start with small things, you are making a difference, reducing your carbon footprint and giving our planet a better future.Many families also find that going green at home is a process of escalation. You may start off with small things like recycling paper and plastics and one day work your way up to full solar panels in your home. Never take for granted the things you do to go green at home. Every small choice makes a big difference.