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The Difference is in the Green

Ever thought about how much water and energy you waste in your home each day? Not turning off a light after you leave the room; taking extra long showers; having the TV on, but not watching it or doing excessive amounts of laundry. These are just a few ways you may find yourself wasting. And hey, everyone does it!

As humans, we tend to over-consume, which results in a great deal of waste in the world. We need to be more conscious of the effects of our decisions on the environment. Fortunately, there are a few options that can help us in the efforts to be more sustainable. Most appliances in older homes tend to over-use water and energy. For example, a regular shower head uses much more water than a low-flow fixture. In fact, by using a low-flow shower head, you can use as much water in 15 minutes as a nine minute shower with a regular shower head. Essentially earning six more minutes of water with a water-saving shower head.

As a consumer, you can choose to be more conscious of your decisions, or you can update your appliances and let them do the work for you. Of course, it is ideal to use these appliances and also reduce your usage in order to get optimal results. Check out this infographic on Acting Green vs. Buying Green to compare the two.

Acting Green vs. Buying Green
Source: eLocal.com

Written by Jaclyn Nicholson with eLocal

New Condos and Apartments are Going Green

Oakland Park in Atlanta is a LEED-certified new Condo DevelopmentMore of the nation’s apartments and condos are going green as multifamily builders and developers respond to growing consumer interest in sustainable building practices, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). While a majority of the survey respondents – 74 percent – said that buyers and renters are willing to pay more for green amenities, the median additional amount they are willing to pay is only about two percent.

Pictured left is Oakland Park, which is a prime example of a new condo development that has incorporated sustainable building practices. Oakland Park is the first LEED-certified multifamily housing project in Atlanta, and has begun a trend for the city.

In the NAHB survey, which polled multifamily builders and developers nationwide on their green building practices, 89 percent of respondents reported that they are installing energy- efficient appliances and lighting in their multifamily communities. The survey also found that: Continue reading