Buying a new green home: is it worth it?

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Nowadays, modern construction methods coupled with the emerging demand for  sustainable building material have encouraged developers to be more eco-friendly than ever. Construction for sustainable residential housing, for instance, are becoming easier to buy in different regions of the world.

Homes with eco-technologies incorporated in them help to preserve the environment and prevent further pollution. In addition, building a home from green materials creates a safer environment for the residents living inside, especially when conventional materials are replaced by their green counterparts. Here are just a few reasons why people are continuing to buy new green homes:

More energy efficiency

When concerns regarding high utility bills arise, choosing to buy a new green home can be very promising in terms of energy efficiency. Instead of buying a house with an outdated heating system and boiler, old single glazed windows and poorly insulated loft spaces, new sustainably built properties are equipped with well insulated walls, roofs and floors, energy efficient heating systems and boilers, double or even triple glazing, and better draught proofing – all of which reduce costs in the long term.

As lighting can account for up to one-third of the electricity bill, energy saving light bulbs use up to 80% less electricity while lasting eight times longer. This will ultimately have a great impact on overall energy costs.

Natural resources are saved

While some new green homes come with water saving devices and systems, new properties are mostly fitted with water efficient taps, toilets and showers which gives out the same performance without wasting unnecessary amounts of water.

The installation of an energy efficient boiler can reap great benefits to the environment as well. While conventional boilers can convert 78% of their fuel into heat, new modern high-efficiency boilers are able to convert  over 90% to heat, which means that modern efficient boilers can not only reduce fuel bill, but require less of valuable fuel resources.

Monitoring the use of energy with smart meters

Although not many, new and even existing homes are now being fitted with smart meters which collect and monitor information about energy use and then sends out automatic readings to the occupant’s respective energy supplier. Not only do smart meters provide real-time information about energy usage, they help identify excess energy which gives the person the opportunity to rectify it. Furthermore, if used in conjunction with photovoltaic cells, energy may be possible to be sent back to the grid.

 

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