Thinking about a green home in Tehachapi? No, I’m not talking about the exterior color, although we do seem to have a number of green-colored homes in the area. I wonder if that’s the result of subliminal advertising on the part of the homeowner? Does a green-colored exterior indicate the interior is more energy efficient than a tan-colored exterior? But, I digress.
How “green” does a home have to be to qualify for that description? The house that uses a composting toilet, solar panels and/or wind turbine, Energy Star® appliances is not going to get an argument from anyone. What about a larger home that uses low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, fabrics for drapes, and carpets to avoid the typical out-gassing? Any of these options is definitely headed in the right direction.
Going green in the home covers a lot of territory. The truth is that anything you do to make your home more green will probably benefit you and the environment. In addition to the above examples, consider even more simple things like switching to CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) from incandescents, conserving water by running full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine, and turning off lights that aren’t being used.
When you are purchasing a home consider investigating a green loan. Ask your lender about an FHA energy-efficient mortgage. That can allow you to finance the cost of energy-efficient improvements along with the purchase of your home. Potentially a great way to reap long-term savings in energy costs as well as altering the house to suit your lifestyle.
Whether you are planning on energy upgrades as part of moving into a new home, or in your existing home, don’t forget that there are tax credits available for energy efficient improvements this year. Consult your tax professional for more information.
What are some ways that you have employed to make your home more green? Share your thoughts down below. We’re always happy to hear from you!