Green is not just a color; it's a way of life.
When deciding to become more sustainable and greener, there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle. From paint, appliances, and lighting to textiles and even installation, there are many environmental issues and cleaning supplies to consider when becoming green.
Many homeowners are choosing to make improvements to their existing homes with green home cleaning. This obviously has an impact on both short- and long-term homeowners and the housing industry as well.
Marla Knows Green Doesn't Have to Be Hard
Enter Marla Esser Cloos, The Green Home Coach. She cares about the home products you use and how those choices affect our community. It’s closer and more real than climate change and politics; this is about doing your best for your family in your home.
Marla’s personal mission is to empower people, especially women, in their homes and families by sharing how green products and a focus on sustainability offer a safer, healthier, and more comfortable home. Author of Living Green Effortlessly, Simple Choices to a Better Home, Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional and LEED AP. She received her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.
Living Green - Effortlessly
simple steps to save money, increase home value, & make your home healthier
In the award-winning Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home, Marla Esser Cloos shows you how to make your home green—whether you live in a small apartment in the big city or a brand new single-family home in the suburbs.
From integrating smart technology into your home (it’s easier than you think!) to planting a rain garden, there are all kinds of ways to live greener.
Living Green - Effortlessly covers:
- Home systems—windows, appliances
- Household products—from cleaning products to paper goods
- Smart technology
- Home maintenance—including a checklist for every season
Living Green Effortlessly gives you simple steps that can save money now, increase your home’s value, and make your home healthier for you, your family—and the environment.
Green Remodeling Is Good for Your Health!
Going green is good for both your health and that of your family. The benefits have been found to be physical and emotional. Using natural and safe green building materials reduces the toxins that your body’s systems are exposed to. And when you add in some natural lighting, rooms are not only enhanced but your home feels more comfortable.
Green designs make your home healthier by maximizing fresh airflow and reducing indoor air pollution. By using new-technology HVAC systems that draw fresh air from the outside and combining them with filtration systems, the air you breathe in your home is much cleaner. Using low- and/or non-toxic materials can also decrease allergies and prevent many breathing-related health problems.
Making educated design choices can make your home a healthier, more comfortable space and add to your overall quality of life.
The Financial Payback
It is well documented that energy-efficient home systems can have a very quick impact on your utility bills. This is due to most efficient appliances using up to 50% less energy than older, more wasteful models. But it is also important to take into account that efficient and durable materials last longer and cost less to maintain over their lifetimes. Investing in high-quality, energy-efficient home systems can have both a short- and long-term payback.
Green home remodeling has been shown to increase the resale value of homes. There have been many studies that demonstrate homebuyers are paying attention to the green aspects when shopping for houses. More than 90% of homebuyers say they are willing to pay more for a home with green components because they realize the extra value they offer.
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It’s Good for Your Community
Community is a big part of going green. The impact your home has on your community as a whole can be greatly reduced by features that are added during remodeling. Some features of a green home can minimize the strain on landfills, water treatment plants, and power plants, along with other parts of local infrastructure.
Purchasing remodeling supplies locally supports the local economy and also reduces the fuel used to transport materials and goods from other regions.
Green Remodeling Has a Global Impact
Green home remodeling reduces the overall impact on our environment and helps to slow depletion. Choosing environmentally responsible and sustainable products helps to protect our air, water, plants, and wildlife. By using recycled materials and products made from them, there really is a global impact.
Reducing waste both during construction and with the everyday use of the systems in your home goes a long way toward making our world a better place.
Remember, even small steps make a big difference.