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Top 6 Green Home Ideas

by Sharianne Daily

Top 6 Green Home Building Ideas

 

Sustainability starts with every home. As the environment changes, we must adapt our building techniques to pollute less and increase energy efficiency.

 

Unfortunately, even now, a lot of buildings use resource-intensive and inefficient materials. These houses aren't green at all.

 

Building greener homes has many benefits. Aside from the practical implications, an added benefit is that you'll pass on the importance of green living to your family. And hopefully on to the whole community as well.

 

In the following post by OnsiteProperty.com, read about some green home building ideas. We'll explore useful tips and suggestions that help you create a sustainable home. Remember, change starts with you!

 

What are the benefits of green homes?

While there are some obvious environmental benefits, people often overlook the personal perks that come with green housing. Some of these perks include paying lower electric bills. And you could put the saved money to good use such as that next family trip perhaps?

 

Many eco-friendly materials help create a healthier living space. When constructing, avoiding potentially toxic building materials benefits the health of all the people living in the eco-friendly home.

 

Here are some home elements that can make your home greener.

 

#1: Insulation

When it comes to building sustainable homes, proper insulation is one of the pillars. There's nothing that would replace the green results from creating enough insulation.

 

Your home should keep the warm air in during the colder months and the hot air outside during the warmer period. Don't forget that air conditioning and heating take a big bite out of your income. Energy efficient homes with great insulation will save you money on these formidable expenses.

 

#2: Doors and windows

 

Doors and windows need to be energy efficient also. In other words, they should close tight while being equipped with high-quality weather stripping and air sealing. Also, the type of glass and other materials used make a difference.

 

Ideally, the doors and windows should be made of highly energy-efficient materials. These may be more expensive at first, but they'll aim to increase your bank account in the long run.

 

#3: LED lighting

 

Energy efficiency isn't only about insulation. LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights use less power. You'll get save money on energy bills. The added benefit of LED lights is the fact that you don't have to change the bulbs for years. More and more environmentally conscious people opt for LED lighting.

 

#4: Rainwater system

All of that water pouring down your gutters could be put into good use. Properly fitted downspouts and roof gutters should direct all the rainwater to a designated tank. Most of the time, people use the collected water for gardening and irrigation purposes. In some regions, it's even possible to filter the water and drink it without any adverse effects.

 

#5 Recycled materials

 

Take a look at the following list of examples about how you can use recycled materials:

 

  • Excavation soils: use it for landscaping
  • Reclaimed bricks: masonry can be used for its original purpose
  • Reclaimed wood: furniture, exterior and interior decorations
  • Recycled drywall materials
  • Recycled glass: countertops and similar object

 

These are just some ways you could incorporate recycled or reclaimed materials in your new home. Creativity is the key here.

 

#6: Solar panels

 

Take advantage of this clean and entirely renewable energy source. Installing solar panels is a great way to lower your energy consumption. While solar panels might seem like a big expense at first, it's definitely an investment that pays off in the long run.

 

This is especially true for regions that enjoy a lot of annual sunshine hours. In these places, solar panels can start saving you money on the initial investment at a surprising rate.

 

#7: Programmable thermostat

Heating and cooling make up a huge portion of many household budgets. Use a programmable thermostat to cut down on the electricity bills. The HVAC system will only work when your thermostat reaches a designated threshold. Also, you can program the thermostat to shut off at certain times. For example, when you are away from home or sleeping.

 

The bottom line: how do you build a green home?

Insulation is a very important part of constructing a green home. This means using energy efficient doors and windows, sealing places that could leak air, and having proper wall insulation.

 

Recycled materials can save you money while protecting the environment. There are many ways to use reclaimed and recycled materials in building, decorating, and maintaining your green home.

 

Green buildings use natural resources from the surrounding environment. Invest in solar panels and a rainwater system. Also, use LED lighting instead of traditional alternatives.

Fort Collins/Loveland 6.7% Unemployment

by Sharianne Daily

July 2012 Unemployment Figures

Loveland/Fort Collins - 6.7%

Colorado - 8.3%

United States - 8.3%

It's BAAAACK!

by Sharianne Daily

Our real estate market appears to be back in a strong way on those listings under $250,000.  Lots of multiple offers, anxious first time homeowners and the investors.  

25-44 year olds migrating to Colorado

by Sharianne Daily

Colorado ranked fifth among states for domestic net migration, in total numbers, after Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Washington. That's an improvement from the state's 10th-place ranking from 2001 to 2009. Among 25- to 44-year-olds, the age group launching careers and forming families, Colorado was the most popular state for those relocating, said state demographer Elizabeth Garner.

Fort Collins-Loveland JOB GROWTH!

by Sharianne Daily

Fort Collins-Loveland area shines bright in state, nation for job growth - In its slow but steady recovery from the recession, Colorado's job growth is middle of the pack.  But the good news is that job growth within the Fort Collins-Loveland area represents a bright spot.  Even going beyond regions in Colorado and looking nationwide, Pueblo and the Fort Collins-Loveland area are reporting some of the strongest hiring conditions, economist Mark Snead said.  "They're approaching peak levels of hiring prior to the recession," those seen in early 2008, he said. 

Median Price Fort Collins $240,050

by Sharianne Daily

In Fort Collins, year-over-year listings of single-family detached properties from June 2010 to June 2011 have decreased 8.9 percent from 1,595 to 1,425; in the Loveland/Berthoud area, listings have decreased 11.6 percent from 1,101 to 973; and the Greeley/ Evans area experienced a 20.4 percent decrease from 710 listings to 565.

In Greeley/Evans, the median sales price for a residential detached home increased from $137,000 in June 2010 to $139,000 in June 2011. However, median sales prices decreased 0.3 percent from $241,000 to $240,050 in Fort Collins and 6 percent from $234,000 to $220,000 in Loveland/Berthoud.

GREEN Products Buyers Really Want

by Sharianne Daily

Which eco-friendly amenities are grabbing buyers' attention?

  • High-efficiency insulation
  • High-efficiency windows
  • Double and triple glazed windows
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Water-conserving devices
  • Products aimed at improving indoor air quality
  • Renewable flooring products, such as bamboo and cork

 

Buyers wanting a "steal"

by Sharianne Daily

Buyers nowadays want to feel they are getting a “steal,” real estate experts say. But some sellers may be tempted to list a property above fair market value just to test out the market and see if they can get a taker. In the past year, about 25 percent of sellers who initially listed their homes too high ended up having to reduce the price, according to Trulia.com. 

Jan 2011 Mortgage Rates 4.76% vs 5.03% in 2010

by Sharianne Daily

CHART: Rates Since 1971

Mortgage Rates still at Historic LOWS!  Thank you to Susie Kiesling with Premier Mortgage for this informative chart.

Fort Collins ranks 3rd on Well-Being Index

by Sharianne Daily

Fort Collins/Loveland ranks 3rd on Well-Being Index - A recent poll released by Gallup and Heathways ranked Fort Collins/Loveland third on its Well-Being Index from among 188 metropolitan areas surveyed in 2010.  The Well-Being Index measures the health of adults in metropolitan areas based on six criteria: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities.  The overall score of the Fort Collins and Loveland areas was 72.1, third behind Boulder and Lincoln, Neb., as the top metro areas with the highest well-being. 

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