There are numerous benefits to building a green home, but I want to address the major issues today. If you are planning on building now or in the future, you might plan on attending the Texas Green Home Summit, on April 18 at The Plano Centre, Plano, TX.
The most important benefit for a green home owner is savings in energy bills. We all benefit from lower water, gas, and electrical bills. The number of products available to help us achieve energy savings is increasing by the day. Last year at the Sunbelt Builders show, it was all about foam insulation. This year at the Texas Green Home Summit, the focus will be on water efficiency. By implementing a few of these strategies, the consumer can benefit for a long time. However, there is still a major push back from people building homes because these energy efficiency items are products that you typically can’t see in the home. From wall sheathing, insulation, water heaters, to solar panels and rain harvesters, these are products that aren’t the “lipstick and blush,” that most people rank high on their list when planning a new residence. However, as we continue to educate consumers, the pendulum will eventually swing the other way. The bottom line is the bottom line. And ultimately, long term savings v. a little more upfront investment will prevail wholwsale imflatables.
The second benefit to building a green home is because it’s the right thing to do for the environment. I know, I know, there are a lot of you out there that are laughing but this is true. Since we have been in a draught for several years in Texas, incorporating some water efficiency in your home not only saves you money, but it helps your neighbor too! Dave Matthews sings about this in “One Sweet World.” When you teach your kids to recycle knowing that this will help make things better for them, your grandchildren, and your great grand children, it’s a good feeling. Green building is the same. There are so many repercussions from materials that are made with formaldehyde, solvents, and metals from both unhealthy homes to an unhealthy environment. Bring this up at the dinner table next time you sit down…This is good stuff to talk about Water Park.
At Montgomery Custom Homes, we love talking about building green in Dallas/ Fort Worth. If you would like to discuss, send us a message on our contact page and we can set up a time to talk.