The demand for energy-efficient homes is increasing according to Forbes magazine. In a study conducted by McGraw-Hill and the National Association of Homebuilders, Green Home building will increase 17 percent from 2011 to 2016. Thirty percent of it will be in the US building market. You can save money while saving the planet, if you build an energy-efficient home.
Green products come in all varieties now. New home construction now includes energy-efficient appliances, windows, foam insulation, heating and cooling systems, and solar panels. And, in the luxury market, you will find that wind mills are being installed.
Although, you don’t have to limit “Going Green” to building a new home. There are many things you can do to conserve resources. Additional options to “Going Green” include saving energy, saving water, saving gas, using a water filter, going to the public library, and recycling. These easy steps will also save you money.
Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in winter and a few degrees higher in summer, cut down usage. Unplugging appliances when you’re not using them or using a smart-power strip that senses when appliances are not in use are also ways to cut down usage. Try washing your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Heating the water is the cause of more energy usage. Also, you can replace fluorescent light bulbs with incandescent light bulbs when they burnout.
Try taking shorter showers and installing a low-flow shower head. In addition, you can install faucet aerators on each faucet. The aerator faucets keep the water pressure high while conserving water and heat. You can plant drought-tolerant plants in your garden and landscaping.
Walking or biking to work, if you live close enough and the climate allows it, saves on fuel emissions and gas prices. You can carpool in areas where the climate doesn’t allow for it or if you live too far from your job. Another option is telecommuting to work. With today’s technology, telecommuting is substantially easier for a lot of professions.
Try using a water filter for your tap water. This will cut down on the high expense of bottled water and help the environment by reducing plastic waste. Using a filter will help control container waste in addition to saving you money.
Paper and pen waste can be reduced by checking out books and movies from your public library. Also, recycling plastic, paper, electronics, and aluminum will help prevent filling the planet’s landfills. As you can see, there are many things you can do to “Go Green” that will help you save money while simultaneously saving the environment.