"Going Green" is a lifestyle choice that can help you save money, conserve resources, improve comfort and enhance safety.
And, best of all, "Going Green" is not an all or nothing proposition!
Consider it a work-in-progress, to be accomplished in small, meaningful steps over time. In the short-term, something as simple as using high-efficiency light bulbs in your home can lower costs and even reduce the amount of time spent changing light bulbs (hey, every minute counts!). In the long term, as people purchase fewer light bulbs, supply and demand reduces product prices. Fewer light bulbs means a reduction in landfill space and in associated maintenance costs. Even the smallest steps move us forward as individuals, as a nation and as a civilization.
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What does "Going Green" mean to my budget?
A green home is generally between 20%-30% more energy efficient than a standard home, greatly reducing monthly heating, cooling and electric bills....a large and growing benefit in an era of skyrocketing energy costs.
Green fixtures and appliances can deliver huge savings in both water and energy. For example, a front-loading clothes washer uses 40% less water and 50% less electricity than a standard washer.
Better planning and construction makes green homes last longer, with less need for maintenance, than a standard-built home. This helps to preserve the resale value on your home, often the largest investment you'll ever make.
What does "Going Green" mean to my family's health and comfort?
A green home can be a more comfortable home, with even better airflow that makes it easier to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the home.
A green home can offer a healthier living environment thanks to better protection from outside pollutants and allergens. Obviously, all homes have dust, but a green home can be equipped with central air-conditioning and electrostatic dust filters.
Additional health benefits may be derived from the use of less toxic materials, resulting in reduced out-gassing of chemicals.
What does "Going Green" mean to my children?
Our children learn more from our actions than from our words.
Building and living green allows them to directly experience and understand the benefits that come from being intelligent, responsible consumers and homeowners.
Together, we can teach our children that responsible behavior is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
What does "Going Green" mean to the earth?
"Going Green" is a reflection of the fact that we are all stewards of the planet, empowered with the ability to provide for generations to come.
When we all do our part, each small action is multiplied so that we can accomplish almost anything, from saving a tree to saving the earth.
A healthy planet offers natural splendor that we sometimes take for granted. Every step forward in conservation and preservation helps ensure a legacy of empowerment, hope ad stability.