4 benefits of green home remodeling
Green remodeling is a hot topic in the housing market. Green homes tend to sell well, and many sellers are considering the value of using green practices and technologies to make improvements to their current homes. Whether you’re thinking about buying a house or just looking to spruce up your existing home, these four benefits show why it’s smart to keep green remodeling in mind.
Green remodeling is good for your health
When you walk into your home after a long, stressful day, what’s the first thing you do? Draw in a deep breath, and exhale a sigh of relief. When you choose green remodeling options, not only are you making your home a more comfortable and inviting place to take that breath, you’re also making sure that it’s a healthier place to breathe.
Traditional building and remodeling materials can often include less-than-healthful – even dangerous – materials. Green designs make your home healthier by maximizing fresh air flow and reducing indoor air pollution. Using safe building materials reduces the toxins that you are exposed to. Making educated design choices can make your home a healthier, more comfortable space, and add to your overall quality of life.
Green remodeling is good for your wallet
Let’s face it: remodeling projects are never cheap, if you want them done right. Using green remodeling materials and strategies may, or may not, increase the initial cost. Fortunately, investing in green remodeling choices also has great payback value in both the short and the long term.
Short-term, green remodeling choices can quickly reduce your utility bills. Many highly efficient appliances use up to 50% less energy than their older, less-efficient counterparts. Green design strategies like improving insulation and adding more natural light can also help you use less energy. So not only will you need to turn on your furnace, air conditioner, or overhead lights less often, you’ll use less energy when you do.
In the long term, green remodeling has been shown to increase the resale value of homes. More than 90 percent of home buyers say they are willing to pay more for a home with green components because they realize the extra value they offer.
Green remodeling is good for your community
Community is a big part of going green. The impact your home has on your community as a whole can be greatly reduced by features that are added during remodeling. Some features of a green home can minimize the strain on landfills, water treatment plants, and power plants, along with other parts of local infrastructure.
Purchasing remodeling supplies locally supports the local economy and also reduces the fuel used to transport materials and goods from other regions. It also increases the demand for green remodeling options in your area. When you go green for your remodeling job, you can be a force for change in your local community.
Green remodeling is good for the world
Even the smallest changes can have a big impact. Compared to a traditional remodeling process, green remodeling uses fewer of the Earth’s resources, creates less waste, and ensures lower energy use going forward. Choosing environmentally responsible products helps to protect our air, water, plants and wildlife. Reducing waste both during construction and with the everyday use of the systems in your home goes a long way toward making our planet a better place.
Marla Esser Cloos Marla inspires and educates about what makes a green home green and how to do it – a bit at a time or all at once. Her work creating an online owners’ manual for green and greener homes, HomeNav.com, and work in national and local businesses, groups and associations, provides her a unique perspective to help people realize the true values of green homes as safer, healthier and more comfortable homes. Marla founded and co-hosts the Green Gab Podcast, on iTunes, 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network and GreenHomeCoach.com. She blogs on Green Home Coach and Proud Green Home. Her articles have appeared in Green Home Builder, Building Women and The Healthy Planet and she is the author of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices to a Better Home from NAHB Builder Books. www