What is Green?

Green House vs. Standard House
What’s In It for Me?
1. Much Lower Utility Bills – Energy-efficient Green and Sustainable design, equipment and appliances have been shown to cut energy costs by over 40 percent in most affordable housing.* Over 15 percent of their income is spent by some low-income families on energy to heat, cool, light, and provide cold and hot water for their homes. The money that families save on energy can help them make mortgage payments and pay for food, clothing, and education for their children.  
2. Healthier Indoor Environment - Health risks from mold, pollen, dust mites, radon, combustion by-products, and other contaminates are reduced in energy-efficient Green homes. They help prevent unnecessary pollution – and costly doctor visits. The wasteful electricity, fossil fuels, and other energy sources standard homes consume contribute to global warming, acid rain, smog, and other pollution. Energy-efficient Green homes help protect the environment as well as the health and well being of homeowners. Additional benefits are increased comfort, reduced noise, and greater fire safety.  
3. Improved Home Affordability - Green-built homes are more durable and reduce the need for expensive maintenance compared with standard homes. Homeowners can use the money saved on energy bills to better budget for any maintenance and repairs that do need to be done. Green homes have less condensation than standard homes, so that framing, windows, and interior finish materials are better protected against moisture. This and green-inherent temperature control helps reduce floor squeaks and drywall cracks, both potential repair issues. An energy-efficient Green home is a great investment for homebuyers that will pay maintenance-saving dividends for years to come.  
4. Mortgage Reduction -There are mortgages available that encourage the energy efficiency of Green-built homes. Bottom line: Brown homes cost homebuyers more than Green homes in utilities, health, maintenance, and mortgage.
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* All statistics and efficiency claims are from the Technology Fact Sheet, “Energy Efficiency Pays,” U.S. Department of Energy

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