Green Is Selling Homes

Energy efficiency is, as one developer puts it, “the new granite countertop.” After all, no one asks what the payback period is for a countertop. Just as items that were once added to a new home or condo for an additional price are now standard, so too are energy-efficient equipment and design becoming standard features expected by the buyer or renter.

Cooling Big Houses Isn’t Very Efficient

Home Solar Power Discounts – One Block Off the Grid

Single-Family Suburban Homes And Climate Change

On the neighborhood level, an average household in a high-density urban San Francisco-area community produces 6 metric tons of carbon emissions a year from transportation and household heating. A single-family household in a nearby suburban area produces 21 metric tons.

The Single-Family Suburban Home Needs A Carbon Emissions Diet

On the neighborhood level, an average household in a high-density urban San Francisco-area community produces 6 metric tons of carbon emissions a year from transportation and household heating. A single-family household in a nearby suburban area produces 21 metric tons.

Here’s A Business Opportunity

Despite its inconspicuous role in your home, heating water for bathing, cleaning, and laundry can be the second largest household energy expense. In fact, Americans spent a whopping $33.8 billion on residential water heating in 2010 — anywhere from $200 to $600 per household. And the market for innovative water heaters that will save consumers money by saving energy is continuing to grow. In the U.S., the demand for energy-efficient water heaters grew from 625,000 units shipped in 2006 to 1 million in 2009.