A green home is one built with energy efficiency in mind. It can include building a green home from the ground up or incorporating performance-boosting renovations in existing homes. This means, whether you’re looking to construct a new home or improve your current one, you can add features to reduce your energy consumption and lower your carbon footprint. Here are the top five fabulous benefits of building a green home.
Reduce Energy Bills
It’s the number one reason many people become interested in green building technology. Your investment pays for itself in energy savings month after month. In fact, LEED-Certified homes save an average of 20 percent on energy bills annually.
Decrease Water Consumption
Along with conserving electricity, natural gas and other resources, green homes also use less water by employing specific technologies for water conservation. This further reduces utility bills, water pollution and pressure on the country’s fragile water infrastructure.
Improve Environmental Stewardship
Of course, reduced energy consumption doesn’t just save you money; it also conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The residential sector accounts for about 20 percent of the energy consumed in the US each year. The more homes built with energy efficiency in mind, the smaller this percentage will become.
Increase Home Value
Even if you plan to sell your home in the future, green upgrades are still worth it because they increase home value. An increasing number of homebuyers look for properties that employ solutions to reduce energy needs, and as a result, LEED-Certified homes sell for an average of 9 percent more than comparable, non-certified homes.
Enjoy Cleaner Indoor Air
Important aspects of building a green home include choosing furnishings, carpet and paint with low volatile organic compound (VOC) content. This produces a fresher, less polluted interior.
A green home can incorporate everything from storm water recovery and tankless water heaters to solar panels and recycled building materials to geothermal heating and cooling. To learn more about building a green home or modifying your existing one, please contact Davis Air Conditioning. We’ve proudly served southwest Oklahoma since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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