These 5 Green Home Systems Really Make a Difference

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Transform your home into a green living machine with these five sustainable systems.

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Green construction is all the rage these days. But for the average homeowner, just learning where to start a home sustainability push can feel like an exhausting proposition. While there are plenty of “green” things you can do for your home, many simply aren’t cost-effective. Others just cost too much, regardless of their ultimate results.

But others offer a surprisingly clear value proposition for homeowners looking to boost the value of their homes. Whether you’re looking to refinance your mortgage and remain in your home for some time to come or hoping to get the best possible value for your on-the-market home, give these five green home ideas a try.

1. Low-Flow Toilets and Showers

If your home is on the older side or simply hasn’t been updated in a while, your toilet might be out of date — and costing you money. That’s because toilets made prior to the mid-1990s, millions of which remain in service thanks to their near-indestructibility, are far less water-efficient than their modern “low-flow” successors. Every time you flush an old toilet, you’re using about two gallons more than your new toilet does. For most homeowners, the choice is clear. And the same principle applies to water-efficient showerheads, which can save hundreds of gallons of water per year.

2. Solar Panels

Thanks to state and federal tax credits, solar panels are well within the financial reach of the average homeowner. Meanwhile, rapidly improving technology has made it possible for homeowners in virtually every corner of the continental United States — even the dreary Northwest — to cost-effectively harness residential solar technology. Solar panels help you do your part to reduce fossil fuel usage and can save thousands in electricity costs over their lifespans.

3. Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are water-efficient systems that capture and reuse stormwater that falls on your property. Even in dry areas, they don’t require much in the way of artificial irrigation. Even better, they can actually manage and reduce floods and high water caused by runoff during sudden downpours. Many homeowners pair their rain gardens with rain barrels, which capture rainwater for use around the house.

4. Energy Star Mechanicals

The federal government’s Energy Star program has been a great success. Virtually every big-ticket item is included in the program. If you’re shopping for new home appliances or mechanicals, be sure to check their Energy Star ratings and opt for devices that sip, not slurp, power.

5. Composting Toilets

Back to the bathroom! If you’re looking for an even more eco-friendly way to dispose of human waste, consider composting toilets. These clever devices actually break down waste without using excess water or introducing harmful chemicals into the environment. They’re great for homes that aren’t hooked up to municipal water systems or cesspools.

These aren’t the only five green home systems that can boost the value of your home, reduce your energy bills, and calm your impact on the environment. Depending on the location and construction of your home, there could be others within your reach.

Are you getting ready to make your home more sustainable?


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