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Green Home Overview

Green home benefits

  • Healthier home
  • Increased comfort
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Lower energy bills
  • Lower water bills
  • Less waste
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • More livable neighborhoods
  • Potentially higher property values

Simply put, green homes are better for the environment and the people who live in them. Whether you are redecorating, remodeling or planning to build a new home, keep in mind these basic goals:

  1. Waste less. Be mindful about using resources such as water, fossil fuels and wood so that you limit waste, pollution and environmental damage.
  2. Save energy. Build and remodel with energy efficiency in mind to save money, create a more comfortable home, and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Be healthy. Choose nontoxic household products and healthy building materials and construction methods to prevent indoor pollution from formaldehyde, mold and other contaminants.

What's it going to cost? Making your home greener and healthier doesn't have to cost a lot. Many steps you can take to green your home cost the same as or even less than their conventional counterparts. Other green features may cost more upfront but result in savings year after year. Energy efficiency upgrades, for example, usually pay for themselves by lowering your monthly energy bill.

When considering ways to green your home, be sure to balance upfront product and installation costs with other important benefits such as energy savings, improved comfort, lower maintenance costs, better indoor air quality and a healthier home.

Where do I start? Check out the pages in our Greener Homes section for local programs and resources to help you start improving your home today.

More information is also available on our Construction and Demolition Recycling page.