Energy-conscious consumers prefer green homes. They save on energy and water bills and reduce their families’ environmental impact. It’s the right thing to do! In 2013, nearly a quarter of new homes built in the U.S. were considered energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit group, constructs environmentally sustainable houses and buildings around the world.
Here are some tips for “greening” your home:
USE RENEWABLE ENERGY.
Lumber, stone, and decorative elements from dismantled homes can complement new materials.
Insulated attics and roofs plus energy-efficient windows prevent leaks and retain heated or cooled air.
ASK FOR GREEN DESIGN.
Save energy by maximizing direct sunlight, natural ventilation, and tree shading.
USE LESS ELECTRICITY.
Save big with energy-efficient cooling and heating systems and appliances. LED and other efficient lighting also helps.
CUT BACK ON WATER USAGE.
Start with low-flow toilets. Consider a rainwater collection system to reduce pollutant-carrying runoff, soil erosion, and flooding.