In addition to all of the benefits we previously spoke of, SmartHaus Green Homes have even more benefits:
- Improved Air Quality
Green Homes typically have better indoor air quality than brand-new and previously owned homes. Using paints and adhesives low in volatile organic compounds reduces exposure to formaldehyde, a known cancer causing agent. According to the EPA VOCs have a high vapor pressure at room temperature which causes them to rapidly release into the air inside your home. Low VOC paints come in a large variety of colors, which means you can still have the look you want and keep it eco-friendly.
- Energy Savings
The US Department of Energy calculated that if current buildings were green upgraded, the country would save $20 billion dollars per year on energy costs. Incorporating energy efficiency improvements and sustainable choices can easily save 30% of your yearly energy use and make your living space healthier and more comfortable. We can help you make the right decisions, obtain EnergyStar tax credits or LEED certifications.
- Decreased Water Use
Did you know that toilets built before 1982 use about 5-7 gallons of water per flush? Upgrading to a high efficiency toilet/plumbing system can drastically reduce your water consumption to 1.3 gallons per flush or better. Incorporating this into your new or pre owned home will drastically reduce your water bills.The Average U.S. household uses almost 150,000 gallons of water per year with up to half of it going to landscaping during the summer months. The SmartHaus green home is designed to harvest rainwater and store it. By harvesting this rain water, a family could reduce their water bill by 50% or almost 43,000 gallons of water yearly depending on their use. They’ll also help keep this relatively clean water out of our sewer systems and away from treatment plants. It will help reduce the volume of water on our sewer system during peak flow times and storms thereby reducing the chance of flooding.
- Green Homes Are More Durable & Require Less Maintenance
Recycled products can actually last longer than their counter parts. For instance, recycled-content decking is made from plastic and wood fibers and is known to last five times longer than a traditional wooden deck. It also never needs to be chemically treated or painted. The materials are typically made out of polyethylene plastic items such as milk jugs and grocery sacks, keeping unused waste out of landfills. In addition, using durable materials means you’ll be spending less time maintaining your property and more time enjoying it.
Green homes are growing in popularity among buyers. And what’s not to like: Green homes are better for the environment, use sustainable materials, are healthier to live in and lower your energy costs. Every eco-friendly edge your home incorporates increases its value and makes it easier to sell in the future. The SmartHaus green home uses the latest technology to make your home one of the most advanced on the market.