7 ways to Green Your Home buying
Home buying is not only an important financial investment, it's also an environmental one. Each choice you make—from the location of your abode to the number of bedrooms—is an opportunity to tread lighter on the earth.
Whatever you call it—new urbanism, smart growth, or sustainable neighborhoods—the emphasis on walking instead of driving is what makes these neighborhoods earth friendly.
“Multi-family” simple means that your humble abode is attached to another. Living in a townhouse, condo, apartment or even a duplex will cut your energy and resource consumption compared to living in a single-family home.
Buying a house in a cohousing, ecovillage, or other sustainable living community will reduce your eco-footprint in a socially beneficial way.
How much square-footage do you need? Smaller houses use less energy as well as consume less land and construction materials.
Homes certified by LEED, ENERGY STAR, and others have demonstrated energy-saving features and other eco-friendly qualities.
How do you sort out green marketing hype from verifiable claims when looking for a green home? Knowledgeable green realtors can help.
Not sure if you can afford the higher purchase price of an energy-efficient home? You can with a green mortgage!