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FAQ's About Going Green

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Discover the answers to many of the most common questions about green home building, living green, and all about the entire green revolution right in one place.

Q: How do I know which green items are the best for the planet and my family?
Q: What makes a home plan energy efficient?
Q: Does a "green" home cost more?
Q: How do homeowners benefit from building green?
Q: Is the benefit of recycling a peanut butter jar eliminated by the water that's wasted washing it thoroughly?

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Q: How do I know which green items are the best for the planet and my family?

A: If it says "earth-safe", "cruelty-free" or "natural", you should be skeptical until you read the ingredients of the product. Look for products that have a label that proves the claim is certified by Energy Star for appliances, the Leaping Bunny for cosmetics or the USDA/Organic for foods.

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Q: What makes a home plan energy efficient?

A: All plans in this collection are energy efficient because they have increased insulation from either 2" x 6" exterior walls, insulated concrete form walls or expanding foam insulation. In addition, most plans specify insulated exterior doors and windows and added ceiling insulation. After choosing your home plan, you may decide to build green by incorporating green lumber, bamboo flooring, solar panels, Energy Star® rated windows and appliances, and naturally-dyed carpets and "green" paints. Local Home Builders Association Chapters have specific guidelines to determine if a house is Green Certified if you wish to have your home inspected.

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Q: Does a "green" home cost more?

A: Yes and No. Upfront costs for energy efficient materials are typically 2-5% higher than standard products. However, energy efficient materials cost less to operate. Therefore, a green home will provide homeowners with monthly savings on utility bills that more than pay for the initial upfront overages. Also, a green home will recoup the costs in its resale value.

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Q: How do homeowners benefit from building green?

A: The benefits of building green far outweigh any initial higher costs. The home will run more efficiently and be more economical, resulting in lower utility bills. Also, you will be more comfortable in any season with less drafts seeping through. The atmosphere throughout the house will be healthier, with increased ventilation and less toxic chemicals being dispersed. In addition, homeowners will have pride in knowing their home is safer for the environment, decreasing the amount of toxins submitted into the air. With all of these benefits, the home will be a pure joy to own. And when you're ready to sell, your green home will prove to have been a solid investment with a higher resale value than any standard home.

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Q: Is the benefit of recycling a peanut butter jar eliminated by the water that's wasted washing it thoroughly?

A: The energy used to create a new jar will be more than that used in the recycling process. Plus, the jar doesn't have to be squeaky clean to be recycled. So, rinse it out and put it in the recycling bin without any more thought.

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