July 16 2009

The Benefits of a Green Home

by racheal

There are many benefits to living in a green home. Everyday more and more Americans are discovering those benefits. Green homes are healthier, more durable and more cost-effective.

A Green home by defined as a home that uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside compared to a standard home. A home can be built green, or you can make it green later. You can make your home green all at once, or you can make it a gradual process. But what it all comes down to is a new way of thinking – and a new way of living. Your home can be green top to bottom, front to back, inside and out. From a more energy-efficient kitchen to a tree-filled backyard paradise. 

LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your home is truly "green."  Since January 2008 on average the potential for reduced energy usage compared with International Energy Conservation Code standards are made up in 4 categories. LEEDS four categories are: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each category corresponds to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy, materials, and indoor environmental quality. With each higher grade of certification, the more energy and money one saves. That’s why green homes are expected to make up 10% of new home construction by 2010.

If you are looking for a new home, owning a green home is not only good for your health and the environment, but your wallet as well. Many local and state governments, utility companies and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for adding eco-friendly elements to your home. Check out what your state has to offer for you to go green or always make sure to see what certifications a new “Green Home” for sale has to offer.

 

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