Many of us are looking for ways to live more sustainability. We want cars that use less fuel, household products that don’t waste resources with needless packaging, and food that hasn’t travelled thousands of miles to reach us. Green building is also a vital component of sustainability—one that can help reduce the environmental impact of your home and contribute to the long-term health of our planet. With manufacturers who are committed to using fewer resources, builders who work to reduce waste, and products that offer durability and improve energy efficiency, it’s easy to keep your construction project in-sync with your sustainability goals.
Building “green” is no longer a trend, and today’s homeowners are on board. By making careful choices about the types of products you buy, and from whom you buy them, it’s fairly easy to reduce your impact on the environment – and support companies who do the same. And there are more than environmental benefits to reap, thanks to the savings on energy bills and depending on where you live, taxes.
Perhaps like so many others you want to be environmentally wise with your project, but you've heard rumors that doing so can result in higher expenses.
So, you've decided to hire a "green" builder to complete your project. However, you're not sure how to find and select one.
When you choose to go green there are obvious savings, such as lower water and utility bills and then there are other, less-known savings from financial incentives to product rebates and tax breaks.
There are a number of things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, most of which are rather inexpensive and easy to do yourself. Conducting a thorough home energy audit assesses your home's energy consumption and identifies opportunities for improvement. You can hire a professional auditor or do your own walk-through to pinpoint problem areas.
Reducing the amount of energy used in your home is simpler than you might imagine. Check out these simple energy-saving tips that can total significant savings on energy costs and help conserve resources.