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:
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.
Save energy by maximizing direct sunlight, natural ventilation, and tree shading.
Save big with energy-efficient cooling and heating systems and appliances. LED and other efficient lighting also helps.
Start with low-flow toilets. Consider a rainwater collection system to reduce pollutant-carrying runoff, soil erosion, and flooding.