Sunday, March 11, 2012

The 4 Benefits of Living in a Green Home

By living in a green, eco-friendly home, you protect three important areas of your life---your money, your health and the environment.

1. Lower energy and water bills: If you buy a green home, or update your own, it will have improved insulation, tight ductwork, sealed windows and doors, and more efficient heating, cooling, lighting and appliances. It will also have low flow water faucets and showerheads, incorporate dual flush toilets, and have an effective irrigation system. This means spending less on bills and saving more of your hard-earned money.

2. Health benefits: Traditional homes recycle indoor air, but green homes bring fresh outdoor air constantly into the home through more natural ventilation systems. The outdoor air has been purified by plants and trees and detoxified of excess carbon dioxide and dust, so you constantly breathe clean, healthy air. Green homeowners also focus on mold prevention, and non-toxic cleaning supplies and pest control products, which also protects you from harmful toxins.

3. Improve the environment: Through using energy efficient materials, your home can reduce the use of natural resources and positively impact the natural environment. Green home building materials are durable, as well as sustainable, so you don’t have to worry about constantly fixing things up and using more resources. Plus, green home construction recycles materials, so it doesn’t put as many fossil fuel emissions into our environment.

4. Increased home value: All of these factors combined lead to a high home value, which is vital in our marketplace. Many studies prove that your green home’s value will increase by 3 to 5 percent. Your home is one of your biggest investments, and will have a higher rate of return if it’s transformed to a green home.

If you would like to see more money in your wallet, an improved natural environment and a healthier way of life, you should build or buy a green home today.

Sweetwater Living in Austin, Texas and Randal Park Orlando, Florida supplied this post. These master planned communities are both centered on the natural environment, and understand the value of building energy efficient homes.

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