Top 8 Things to Look for in a Green Home

1. Location – Maybe this doesn’t seem like a feature that would exactly qualify a Green Home -  but sustainability can mean more than just fancy high tech solar panels.  Proximity to neighborhood amenities, schools and shopping can mean that a family will drive less, walk more and cut down on emissions that damage our Earth’s atmosphere.

2. Energy Performance Score or Energy Rating – An Energy Performance Score gives the homeowner a description of how much energy the home will consume under normal use.  The score, which measures energy usage in terms of kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and tons of carbon used per year, is an effective tool to determine the energy efficiency of the home. 

3. Air Sealing and Insulation – Fancy double-pane windows will get you nowhere without sealing and insulation! Although you may not be able to see it behind the walls it is always good to know what is back there. Make it a point to ask.

4. Energy Efficient Appliances – With all of the upgrades and features available, Energy Efficient appliances is one of the best investments for a new home.


5. High-Efficiency Heating and Air Conditioning – Throw out all of those high energy bills and stay comfortable in 

all seasons with high-efficiency systems for your home! Our favorite systems are the ductless mini-split heat pumps.

6. Tankless Water Systems – Tankless water systems heat water directly without the use of a storage tank so no need to eat breakfast while your shower warms up! This on-demand system not only saves water and energy – but saves money!

7. Dual-Flush Toilets – Quickly replacing old technologies in the mainstream, Dual-Flush toilets let you choose the amount of water appropriate for your waste.

8. Sustainable Materials and Finishes – There are sustainable options for most building products including lumber flooring, countertops and paints. Aim for finishes that are low/no VOC and materials that are recyclable or made from renewable resources. Check for eco-labels!

 

 

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