• Best and Worst Green Home Options

    Posted on April 13, 2012 by in Clean Indoor Air, Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Green Home Purchase, Tips for Home Buyers

    Here’s a look at what makes the Greenest housing options in my opinion, from best to worst:

    Best Choice ~ A Renovated home from a Green conscience contractor like Green Canopy

    When you buy a renovated home from a company that has taken a dilapidated and energy hungry home and renovated with Green principles you are reusing and supporting businesses and technologies that are committed to the Green movement.   With a renovated home you will enjoy many of the benefits of new construction.  Even better, Green renovation contractors reduce urban sprawl and the need to build new infrastructure.  As well as it reduces the huge impact of raw resource use and landfill bound materials that new construction is notorious for while helping to ensure existing communities remain intact.

    Best Choice ~ Built Green, Energy Star or LEED Certified.

    When you buy a new or resale home that has been certified you are obviously making a Green choice. Click here to learn what makes a home Green Certified. 

    Best Choice ~ A fixer

    Buying your own fixer and renovating it to your own Green standards is not only environmentally sound, it’s a great way to save money and ensure the home is improved to your own personal Green level.  I can help you purchase a bank owned fixer, an outdated estate sale or even help you buy a home at the local auctions.

     Good Choice ~ Any existing home

    In many ways, every house that isn’t brand new is Green because reusing obviously is a key principle in being Green. Be sure to opt for energy efficient upgrades if any upgrades are negotiated during the inspection, i.e. if the furnace fails the inspection and needs to be replaced, meet the seller half way and have a high-efficiency furnace installed.  Click here to begin your search today.

    Worst Choice ~ Conventional new construction and flipped homes

    As a Green enthusiast once said to me, these homes are by definition are “the worst home you can build and not be criminally liable”  Builders and flippers are driven by profits and because many buyers through no-fault of their own are unaware of the huge environmental impacts of new construction, or the return on investment of energy efficient and renewable energy upgrades, they simply are not willing to pay more for features that have no value to them.  You can make a difference, first by setting the example and making wise buying decisions and secondly, refer your friends and family to my fan-page so that they can start to appreciate how much room for improvement to make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren by building better homes.

    I can help

    No matter what your personal needs in a home might be, I can help ensure you get the right home for the right price.   Feel free to browse my website for homes and let me know which homes you are interested in, I can investigate any home on the market for current Green Features and report back to you.   Or complete this confidential online survey and I can do a custom search for you.  We will look at the home as a whole and I can make many recommendations to Green your home purchase, no matter which type of home you choose to buy.  I can help recommend mortgage providers for your own Green renovation, or simply help you find the best solar installer for your current home. Together we can make a difference.

One Response so far.

  1. RBeat says:

    You really don’t have to buy anhyting special to use green cleaners. In fact, some of the most green cleaners are not commercial cleaners at all. Baking soda, washing soda, vinegar, borax, toothpaste, and bar soaps (like Ivory), will all do a great job cleaning around the house. The idea that these things don’t work as well as the comercial cleaners, or at all for that matter, is simply deeply ingrained marketing. I have often been dumbfounded by how well these simple household things work, almost like magic.When I do buy a green cleaner, my favorite brand is Bi-O-Kleen. I’ve had great success with their laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaner. The best part about this brand is that most of their products are concentrated quite a bit (3x consentrated for both the laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaner), so there is less packaging and more product. As a bonus, a bottle of Bi-O-Kleen laundry detergent or all-purpose cleaner cost less than a bottle of their nonconcentrated traditional counterparts. I’ve used the laundry detergent exclusively for about two years, and my clothes are as clean as anyones. The all-purpose cleaner is truly all-purpose. I’ve used to to clean the everyday stuff like kitchen and bathroom, and nasty stuff like the oven and grill. We even use it when we rent a carpet cleaner in place of the expensive carpet cleaning solutions. Other brands I buy currently:Seventh Generation -Their products all work really well, but are pricey, so I don’t use them as often.Bon Ami Hands down the best scouring agent around, and it’s non-toxic. I’m not sure how green it is, but compared to Comet brand, it’s a step in the right direction.

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