Green Homes and the Way of the Future in Real Estate
By Andrew Hill with Huntsville New Homes www.NewHomeSource.com – Guest Contributor
Going green. It’s a phrase that many people recognize and most have an opinion on, but its scope and application is often limited. It’s a phrase applied to hybrid cars, using reusable grocery bags, and recycling plastic bottles, but the truth is, going green is so much more. It is a necessity due to our energy dependency and an important part of sustaining our world. What’s more, going green can also help you save money. And what better place to start going green than in your home?
The best thing about going green in your home is there is no limit to how much or little green you can incorporate. Although I would suggest retrofitting everything you can afford, sometimes that just isn’t feasible and in those cases making even the most minor of adjustments will still aid in preserving the planet and padding your wallet. The following are a few examples of how you can go green.
Big picture ideas: These are the highly visible options such as photovoltaic
cells on your roof and wind turbines in the yard. These come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles and have the potential to produce a vast amount of energy, depending upon the region in which you live. You can also incorporate “green” building and insulation materials. These will often be longer lasting or better made for recycling. In many cases, green materials are built to better withstand weathering and general usage, in order to reduce the number of new materials required for repairs.
Middle of the way: These ideas include replacing certain fixtures in your home. For example, switching from incandescent lighting to CFLs is a great way to reduce your energy consumption. Not only are these bulbs made to have a longer life but their reduced energy output helps to reduce your energy bill. Another great middle of the road option is to replace your faucet and shower heads with low-flow alternatives. This too will help conserve our natural resources and help lower utility bills!
Small ideas (that add up over time): These include setting your thermostat at an appropriate level when you’re out of the home or simply adjusting your wardrobe before touching the thermostat. Set the temperature to less strict settings if you will be gone for a little while and opt to put on a sweater before turning on the heater. Opening the blinds to let the sun in on cold days is another idea. These may seem like no-brainers, but they are great ways to use natural energy to our advantage! These ideas are only the tip of the iceberg.
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