There are many benefits to living in a green home. In general, though, it will have a positive influence on three primary aspects of your life.
Foremost among the benefits of greening your home is that it’s good for your health.
Green homes rely on natural ventilation as well as mechanical ventilation systems that filter and bring
fresh air in and vent stale air out to keep indoor air clean. Good green homes also use toxin-free
materials and finishes or those with low toxicity to limit indoor air pollution, which can be more
harmful than pollution outdoors. Green homes are also designed to maximize natural light, which not
only boosts your mood, but is also vital to indoor plants, which are natural air detoxifiers. And some
green materials and home products resist mold and mildew or are antimicrobial, making for an all-around healthier indoor environment.
Your bank account:
Living in a green house is also good for your pocketbook. Tax incentives or rebates and energy savings can make building a new green home or greening an existing home more cost-effective than building and living in a standard house. On a month-to-month basis, people who live in green homes save money by consuming less energy and less water than those who live in standard homes, which reduces their energy and utility bills.
Green homes are also often more durable than most standard homes, thanks to high-quality building materials and construction processes, which lead to lower maintenance costs and fewer repairs. Furthermore, the value of a green home is often higher than that of a comparable standard home, particularly because the market demand for green homes is on the rise.
Local, state and federal governments as well as utility companies have been offering tax breaks and
other incentives for building certified green homes or adding green features to your home, as long as
they meet accepted green guidelines. In the near future, green homes will likely cost less to insure
than standard homes, too.
Green homes are also easy on the environment and often use up to 40 percent less energy than similar standard homes. If you use drought-tolerant landscaping, efficient plumbing and bathing fixtures, and water-conservation systems, your home will also use less water than standard homes. Many green building materials are made with recycled content, which also minimizes impact on the environment. Salvaged materials from demolished buildings are also often used in green homes, as are materials made from rapidly renewable materials, such as bamboo, hemp and soybean-based products. In addition, the use of specially certified woods helps promote socially and environmentally beneficial forestry practices.
How to make your home greener
In general, the guidelines of these agencies and organizations aspire to make homes greener by doing the following:
• Minimizing environmental impact by wasting fewer resources during site preparation, construction
• Recycling and conserving water and materials
• Reducing carbon buildup
• Using sustainable and nontoxic materials and finishes whenever possible
• Ensuring good indoor air quality
• Creating structures that are at least 15 percent more energy-efficient than those built with standard