How Going Green In Your Home Can Keep the Green In Your Pocket.
Whether it’s an unwavering commitment to the planet or a common sense approach to saving money, the idea of going “green” in the home continues to make headway as more Americans turn to higher efficiency living post economic downturn world, while consequently delivering a win-win situation for the consumer pockets and ecologically motivated sustainable living.
So you want to go green in your home? Then you’re not alone. According to several recent studies, in upwards of 90 percent of buyers want to buy green. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently issued a study outlining home buyer preferences, from kitchen and bath to designs and layouts, to technology, energy efficiency and everything in between. According to the study, What Home Buyers Really Want, a staggering nine out of ten home buyers would rather buy a home with energy-efficient features and permanently lower utility bills than one without those features that costs 2 percent to 3 percent less.
In a 2013 consumer survey by Green Builder magazine, 59.6 percent of respondents say they were living a “green life” while 40.4 percent said no. Of those that said no, 90.4 percent said they would like to live a more sustainable life. 85 percent of respondents also believed that highlighting energy efficiency features of a home would help it sell faster.
But what is “green”, really? Honestly for some, including people, groups and corporations, it is an opportunity to brag about being ecologically aware while over-promising environmental stewardship and sustainability. But for the rest of us, it is a brilliant and simple way to improve our way and quality of living, save on expenses, and in the process, do our small part to deliver positive impact to the environment.
Energy management and resource conservation in your home is the best way to reduce wasteful spending on monthly expenses, while taking a small step toward environmental responsibility.
From the light bulbs you use to the insulation in your ceiling, there are several ways to start chipping away at your utility bills. Some cost effective For example, adding ceiling insulation to your home can help your air conditioning system reduce its workload by keeping unwanted heat out of home, or air sealing your home around areas such as windows to keep the cold in. On the higher end, the same heat deflecting properties can also be found in reflective or cement based energy saving roofs and Energy-Star qualified windows, if you’re currently looking to replace your current one.
Living spaces are also a good place to start looking for cost cutting measures. Updating your kitchen to Energy-Star rated appliances or changing to higher efficiency air conditioning unit, programmable thermostats or home automation systems can also assist you in trimming down your energy consumption. Water conservation through low flow or dual flush toilets and water flow reducing water faucets can also help you with your water company.
But, if the budget isn’t currently there, free, common sense energy saving practices can get you moving in the right direction. Raising the temperature of your A/C unit when you leave to work and making sure all your lights and appliances are off or cutting long shower times down to a minimum are all great ways to kick off an environmentally aware, cost saving campaign in your home.