Green-Home-Logo2As the green movement continues to grow more and more popular, confusion within the real estate marketplace has continued to grow due to unclear definitions of what makes a home “green.”

The National Association of Home Builders lists guidelines for homeowners, which explain that “a green home pays attention to energy efficiency, water resource conservation, the use of sustainable or recycled products, and measures to protect indoor air quality.”

For homeowners in Crown Community Developments looking to join the green movement, being environmentally conscious is the first step. Then by integrating these products, homeowners can give their homes an affordable, eco-friendly twist.

1. Low-flush toilets

2. Energy Star approved windows and appliances such as light bulbs, dishwashers, and washing machines

3. FSC/NFC sustainable woods in floors, countertops, and cabinets. Bamboo is an excellent choice as it is the fastest growing, most renewable wood.

4. Tankless water heater. The water is heated just before it is used which requires less energy than storing hot water for a long period of time.

5. Low or zero VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, wallpapers, and primers.  These increase indoor air quality.

6. Low-flow faucets and shower heads

7. Radiant heat

8. Use of recycled or reclaimed materials. Use locally when possible.

9. Motor sensor lights. These are especially useful so you don’t always have to remember to turn the lights off when leaving a room.

Just remember that giving your home a green makeover doesn’t have to be expensive. It is about making sustainable choices and adding eco-friendly alternatives into the workings of your home.

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