In this day and age, building energy-efficient homes is a no-brainer. Not only do these homes fit the eco-friendly bill, they make sense economically, too! Here are our favorite parts of living in a green home:
Saving money. Did you know that Energy Star appliances (that come standard in our homes) can save you up to 30% on your electric bill? Solar-powered water heaters, UV-resistant impact windows and programmable thermostats are also standard features that make it easier for you to save every month.
Helping the environment. For the environmentalist in all of us, having a green home is an effective (and simple) way to help the environment. By taking advantage of solar power where possible, we’re cutting down on the consumption of fossil fuels. With small built-ins like water restrictors on our faucets and showerheads, we’re reducing water use without having to sacrifice comfort.
We also use recycled roof shingles by CertainTeed and 100% recycled nylon in our carpets, so you know the luxurious feel of your home is also eco-friendly!
Upping our home’s safety and comfort. Many green habits are also, by nature, great for improving the comfort and safety of our homes. For example, impact windows not only keep our electricity use down—they’re a great built-in protector against hurricane winds (here in Florida, that’s a must!).
Other win-win’s include spray foam insulation (which keeps out the cold during winter months but reduces overheating during summer) and programmable thermostats—you can control when you want your house to be cool and when don’t need AC at all (when everyone’s at work or school, for example!).