It’s time consumers make a conscious change. We hear it on the news every morning. Change, in my opinion, is a byproduct of adversity and uncomfortableness. Well, we, as consumers, are there. Eco-Friendly, Green Housing, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)®, Earth Craft Homes™…all great buzz words that are becoming part of the cornerstone of building developments. Before, many felt sustainability meant expensive upgrades or a commodity of luxury those that could afford it had in their homes. Well, let me attempt to disarm that myth.
Buildings, on average, consume 70% of the nation’s electricity and a large part of the materials, water and waste used and generated in our economy. WOW…that’s startling. There is a tremendous amount of waste residue from these sources and as we see energy prices increase and affordability decrease…if you ask me, that’s the strain I’m talking about.
You don’t need to have a Costanza wallet full of cash to make changes to your existing home or in your choices to buy a more sustainable home utilizing efficient building products. You can do “baby steps” like changing your existing watt sucking bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CF). Redoing a bathroom? Use a new low-consumption toilet to replace instead. Flushing accounts more than a third of the water used within your home each day. Replacing an old model toilet with a new low-consumption toilet could automatically and permanently cut your home water consumption by 25% or more. That’s a win-win for everyone.
Another effective way to easily upgrade your home would be to purchase Energy Star appliances. These are usually about the same in cost to purchase, but the cost savings over the life of the product are substantial. Uncle Sam will even give you a tax break if you tap into Energy Star appliances.
Have you considered the health benefits of buying or remodeling with sustainable products? Consider this LEED® rated building designs have a significant health benefit when addressing the use of less-toxic low-emitting adhesives & sealants, paints, carpets, and composite woods, and indoor chemical & pollutant control. They even have ‘natural light’ requirements that allow you to get your daily sunshine vitamin quota.
How do you know if a home is LEED® certified, or an Earth Craft House™ or green? What if I am upgrading my home, where do I find suppliers for sustainable products? What little things can I do to become more energy efficient with out spending a whole bunch of mullah? Well, I’m so glad you asked. Lucky for you, the consumer, Georgia now has a Eco-Broker Certification that allows your real estate consultant to become an expert in the market of these innovative and affordable solutions.
I look forward to keep you posted as I complete my Eco-Broker® certification and continue to help educate you how to live on a happy earth in a happy (and rewarding) home. I strive to keep up-to-date and informed of our market place for your benefit. If you have questions in the mean time, I will direct you to the best resources possible to help you accomplish your green-goal.