Reducing your individual carbon footprint is an important first step in green living. The amount of greenhouse gases you produce over time negatively affects global climate change. Reducing these greenhouse gases is the ultimate goal of green living. When even one person changes their habits, meaningful change is underway.
Many environmentally conscious individuals commit to small acts, like walking or biking short distances instead of driving, and using compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. For many people, moving to a new community or upgrading to a new home is the perfect opportunity to make green living a higher priority.
Seeking out a home with integrated green features like energy efficient heating and cooling, is a growing trend among people as they search for a new home. Using energy efficient appliances makes a significant impact in reducing an individual’s carbon footprint, as well.
Water efficiency is an important element of green living. Low flow shower heads, toilets, and faucets combined with water-wise landscaping make a positive impact on the energy efficiency of a home.
According to this article published at Realtor.org,
Going green has proven to be more than a trend; many people seek out this way of living…39 percent of home buyers said heating and cooling costs were the most important green feature of a home, followed by energy efficient appliances and lighting, at 24 percent each.
Many newly constructed apartments adhere to the federal ENERGY STAR standards and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building standards. It is important to understand the specific energy efficient features of a house or multi-family development before deciding to relocate to the property.
Wood Partners is committed to providing comfortable, beautiful, green living to residents across the country in more than 40,000 apartment homes from Washington to Massachusetts. For more information on how you can enjoy the Wood Partners green lifestyle, please contact us.