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We’ve all seen those homes that are on the cutting edge. We notice them when we drive by; we pause to learn about them when they’re featured on TV. As the technology to make your home green continues to become mainstream, it also continues to drop in price. This means that options that were once only available to the Bill Gates of the world are quickly becoming a possibility for the Average Joe as well.
Less expensive technology isn’t the only reason to consider going green with your next home purchase though. With the housing industry making a slow but steady comeback, more and more options are available – with green housing being a choice option among them.
1. Environmental Impact
The first and most obvious reason to buy a green home is to help reduce the environmental impact of owning a home. After all, our homes are where we spend most of our lives, and it’s often important to us that they reflect our values. It only makes sense to try and incorporate that belief into the base of your home.
2. Real Estate Value
There are more reasons than just energy to buy a green home. Many people are willing to pay a little more for a home like this for a variety of reasons. First, most upgrades like this cost some money, and the homeowner that put them in will want to be reimbursed. Houses that have had this kind of work put into them are also more likely to be in better neighborhoods, be well maintained and might even get a little bit of money back from the government!
3. Lower Energy Costs
It also helps to raise the cost price when people will have to pay less per month when they own the home. Almost all green homes are going to have some aspect that is likely to lower monthly energy costs.
4. Smaller Carbon Footprint
The long-term effects of an energy efficient home include a smaller carbon footprint. Granted, this is something you can work on without buying a green home, but since your house is where much of your carbon footprint comes from, it is a place where you can make a big impact.
5. Less Maintenance
The material that goes into sustainable homes is, by nature, more sustainable than material that is just being tossed up. Many of those homes that were mass built back before the housing bubble burst were cheaply constructed, and used cheap material. They’ll need to be replaced and worked on continuously, but a green home is designed to be a minimal drain on resources.
6. Longer Lifespan of Materials
Along the lines of less maintenance, it also makes sense that most of the materials are going to have a longer lifespan in general. Instead of using materials that might last 5 years, many green technologies are supposed to last significantly longer than their original counterparts. Take for example bamboo flooring, it’s known to be the more environmentally friendly flooring option compared to hardwood or carpet and is more durable and easy to clean to boot!
7. “Green” With Envy
Lastly, there’s nothing wrong with eliciting a little bit of neighbor envy. Inspiring some neighborhood rivalry of this nature is actually a good thing – you can end up with a greener neighborhood and might end up making a bigger impact than you had originally anticipated!
No matter what reason you might have for buying a green home, the fact is that you are probably going to be much happier with it. Even if you have no interest whatsoever in helping the environment, it’s hard to say that you wouldn’t want to save some money on your monthly bills, or make your neighbors a bit jealous.
BIO: James White is a green builder and home improvement/DIY blogger. He also enjoys hiking, photography, and buying new gadgets. Follow him on Twitter @DIYfolks.