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Going green in home building is all the rage these days. However, some people are discouraged by the high cost sometimes associated with green technology. So, why should you consider making green choices when buying a new home or remodeling an existing house?
- Increase your home’s value. Because so many people believe in going green, implementing green technology into your house can make your home more desirable and valuable when you put it on the market.
- Save money by using less energy. Although the initial cost of green choices might be high, it can pay off in the long run. Choosing to buy Energy Star appliances or install solar panels cuts down on utility costs and will benefit future homeowners.
- Help preserve the Earth and its resources. Using green materials is a smart choice for any homeowner that’s conscious of preserving the environment.
- Create a compost bin with leftover food and waste. You can safely compost the following: coffee grounds and filters, nut shells, fruits and vegetables, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves, newspapers and fireplace ashes.
- Switch your regular lightbulbs to CFLs.
- Use more natural light (and less energy) by opening blinds and curtains during the day.
- Turn off appliances when not in use — particularly computers and televisions.
- Assess your energy usage through this DIY energy audit.
- Use less water by cutting down on shower time and doing laundry only a few times per week.
- Start recycling bins for cardboard, glass, tin cans, etc. and find a recycling center in your area.
What have you done to “go green” in your home? We proudly offer Energy Star appliances and Ecostar windows, among other features, in our newly built homes.
In a recent article published by Builder Magazine, a home construction company in Midland, Mich. shared how they created a demonstration home to prove that “net-zero-energy living is attainable at an affordable price.”
Since we’re all about affordability and saving energy, we couldn’t help but be intrigued by this new project. (Each of our new homes includes Energy Star appliances, Ecostar windows, and energy efficient insulation and seals, among other items.)
The builder says that attaining a net-zero home isn’t all about solar panels and windmills, it’s actually about tight sealing and insulation. The home is anticipated to save $2,441 in energy costs annually and generate as much power as it consumes.
The house was kept at an affordable price — valued at around $250,000, including the lot — by using low-cost alternatives to high-end finishes and amenities. One example — the builder used fiberglass shower surrounds instead of tile.
The project relies on many products and technologies from Michigan-based Dow, including Styrofoam structural insulated sheathing (SIS), insulating foam sealants and weather barriers, and the company’s new Powerhouse solar shingles.
What do you think of net-zero homes? Would you make affordable changes to your house if it resulted in using less energy and lower bills?