The Benefits of a Sustainable Home
Sustainability. Green. Environmentally friendly. Energy Star. LEED. These are all terms used to describe construction and remodeling practices and materials that allow us to provide a better world for future generations. Sound too mushy-mushy for you? Well, look at it this way, the more you know about these practices the more money you could be saving (and even making!)
The multifamily sector could save almost $3.4 billion annually, nationwide, on energy costs with a full expansion of efficient upgrades, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.–based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Chicago-based think tank CNT Energy. The report details how energy expenditures increased by 10.6% from 2005 to 2009 but many property managers have been able to reduce their energy bills by 20% or more by implementing energy-saving measures.
In case you didn’t get that last paragraph, let me sum it up for you: using sustainable practices allowed for home owners and property managers to use more energy while spending less money. Yes, you should be buying into sustainable practices right now.
Both older and new homes can benefit from sustainable features. In fact, the older your house, the more you will benefit from update your fixtures and materials to sustainable ones. Some easy fixes on energy efficient include installing energy-efficient light bulbs, reducing hot-water consumption, replacing old refrigerator models and adding extra insulation to attics and basements to prevent energy loss.
Still think updating your fixtures and materials to sustainable ones isn’t worth your while? Think again. Local utility companies will actually pay you if your home produces more energy than it takes in. Yes, you read that correctly. You can effectively turn your monthly electric bill into a monthly electric income stream.
The great part about sustainability and energy efficiency is that everyone wins. The environment wins because you need to use less natural resources to perform the same tasks you normally would. Your children and grandchildren win because they will be able to live in a world that isn’t depleted of its natural resources. And mostly importantly, your wallet will win because you will be saving – and possibly even making – money in the long term.
Make sure to give Elite Home Remodeling a call today to find out how you can update your home into a better, more sustainable home.