Do you want to live in an eco-friendly house? Eco-friendly homes are not just better for the Earth, they’re good for your wallet in the long-term too. Whether you’re considering building a brand new eco-friendly house or buying an existing one, Front Door offers tips to help you through the process.
- If you decide to build a new house, make sure to work with a builder who is experienced not only in energy efficiency, but also with using recycled and green building materials.
- Check out these suppliers: BondedLogic.com for blue jean insulation and other insulation; GoGreenStar.com for cellulose or recycled newspaper insulation; Dow powerhouse for solar panels; and EternalWaterHeater.com for hybrid solar water heaters.
- If you choose to buy an existing home, check for these eco-friendly indicators: The front door closes tightly; There’s a sun room; There aren’t too many sliding doors that tend to be leaky; There are trees in the yard that provide shade. It is also helpful to check past electricity bills of the current owner to get an idea of average energy consumption throughout the year.
- Get professional assistance from Green MLS (ListedGreen.com) or Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) who know the US Green Building Council standards.
To learn more tips to help you find an eco-friendly house, read How to Find an Eco-Friendly House.