FYI. Kathleen Pagan, AICP, Sr. Planner
Home owners, buyers, and renters have a new resource for going green indoors and outdoors. EPA’s new Green Homes website will help people make their homes greener with tips on reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints, waste generation, and water use, as well as improving indoor air quality.
The latest federal survey of American housing (2007) reported 128 million housing units across the United States, accounting for nearly 54 percent of national energy use and nearly 31 percent of all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, the most common greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.
Many green building practices and technologies have yet to infiltrate the existing residential market, in part because it is hard for people to find clear and credible information. The Green Homes website addresses that need by providing guidance on approaches to greening each room of the home as well as the surrounding yard. Information is also available on building new homes and finding an energy-efficient mortgage. Renters will find information to help them identify a green property before moving in and tips for working with their landlord to add green features to an existing property.
Most of the energy efficiency information on the Green Homes site draws from the ENERGY STAR Homes program, including ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes, which are 20-30 percent more efficient than standard homes, and ENERGY STAR’s home improvement resources for existing homes.
To explore the many resources on the Green Homes website, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes.
State and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit:
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