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Some Benefits of Owning an Eco-Friendly Home

07 February 2018
Kevin Hartley

Some Benefits of Owning an Eco-Friendly Home

Being environmentally conscious isn't just a trend; it is a way of life that is here to stay for many. What's not to love-it benefits not only the environment but your health and wallet as well. Eco-living reduces carbon emissions and creates a healthier environment both in and around your eco home. While eco-friendly homes sometimes have a higher initial investment, the savings across the board makes it worth it in the long run.

Health Benefits

There is undoubtedly a wealth of health benefits when you own an eco-friendly home as well. One downside to many conventional buildings is that they are often improperly ventilated, which leads to poor indoor air quality, even to the point that it is worse than the air outside. Low air quality has a negative impact on your health and can make asthma and allergies worse. Certified eco-friendly properties usually have excellent ventilation and airflow throughout. The materials used to make them are toxin-free, so there are fewer issues with mould and mildew.

Benefits to the Earth

Houses contribute a great deal to carbon emissions, but an eco-friendly home has a significantly smaller carbon footprint. Some of the contributing factors are the fact that they are built with better insulation and equipped with appliances that are energy efficient. Eco-friendly buildings employ sustainable materials that have a minimal negative impact on the environment. If properly executed, they also take utilise natural lighting and airflow so that fewer resources are needed.

Benefits to your Wallet

It takes less energy to build an eco-friendly building, which results in a lower energy cost. Less cold air leaks out in summer, and less warm air in winter, due to better insulation. Individual fixtures are installed to conserve other resources as well. While the initial investment may be higher, the monthly expenses are much less.

Those aren't the only benefits-living in an eco-friendly home helps you save money, live well, and keep the earth clean in a multitude of ways. If you're considering purchasing a new house, think about an eco-friendly one.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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