One of the most important trends in modern home design is incorporating environmentally friendly amenities. A recent Nation Association of Realtors survey of members showed there is increased demand among potential home-buyers for homes with green features. Nearly nine out of ten agents said their clients are very interested in energy-efficient features and their potential cost saving.
Here’s a look at the green housing treads that will not only bring an older home to the new millennium, but also attract younger buyers when it’s time to sell.
Copper Roofs-These roofs tolerate inclement weather and will last 100 years verses a composition roof that last only 30 years. Copper elements can also be completely recycled.
Low-Emittance (low-e); windows, doors, and skylights-This glass lets in natural light but blocks the sun’s UV rays that heat up the inside of a home. This glass will reduce energy consumption, and its special low-E glazing also stops the sun from fading fabrics, wall coverings and artworks.
Chemical-Free Lighting-LED (light emitting diodes) lighting contains no hazardous chemicals, uses 80 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent light bulb and can last up to 20 years.
Green Toilets-Green toilets conserve water ( which can save you 30 to 50 percent on your annual water bill) in different way: low-flow toilets use about 20 percent less water per flush, dual-flush toilets with two buttons give home owners the option of flushing with a half or full tank and pressure-assist toilets reduce water usage by half.
Induction Cooktops- The coils of an induction cooktop release their energy directly to the pot or pan and its contents. This means less energy is diffused in the cooking process.
Reclaimed Wood-Fast growing plants, and unused pre-cut wood find new life as gorgeous. Affordable countertops. Cork flooring is a great alternative to hardwood because it is extremely durable yet inexpensive.
Nontoxic Paint– To keep indoor air clean and cut down on landfill pollutants, use paints that don’t contain toxic volatile organic components.
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