Buying an Eco-Friendly Home
More and more home buyers are searching for homes that offer better energy efficiency
and use sustainable materials. Eco-friendly homes not only help the environment but
can mean significant savings in energy and maintenance costs. As more home builders
consider the environmental impact of their housing developments, finding an
eco-friendly home is easier than ever before. Here are a few things to look for when
searching for a greener home.
• Nature Use – When searching for an eco-friendly home, notice the use of trees and
other landscaping to save energy by blocking sun and wind—lowering air conditioning
and heating costs by adding a natural barrier.
• Window Quality – Home buyers should notice not only the quality of the windows but
the placement as well. Are they placed to take advantage of the sun during the winter
yet glazed to prevent summer heat?
• Building Materials – Natural materials are not only beautiful but also offer
sustainability and lower maintenance costs. For example, cedar-plank siding is resistant
to both water and pests, which makes it stronger and longer-lasting than other options;
natural stone for counters and floors adds a modern touch, is easy to clean and lasts for years.
• Floor plan – Recent changes in home design trends are turning floor plans upside
down—literally. Look for homes with living spaces on the top floor, which can take better
advantage of natural light while keeping the lower-level bedrooms cooler and more
Sustainable building designs and materials are becoming more common. Home buyers
can find newer homes, as well as remodels, taking advantage of these trends. Buying an
energy efficient, eco-friendly home can provide a beautiful lifestyle and save thousands
of dollars over the lifetime of ownership.