Well, it looks like Kermit was wrong, as more and more people turn towards more eco-friendly home improvements. Realtor Magazine reports that California recently passed legislation requiring all homes built after 2020 to be energy-neutral, meaning they produce as much energy as they use.
Not everyone may be willing to go to such extremes, but there are a few simple things you can do to lesson your impact on the earth. Things like changing your lightbulbs to compact fluorescent, choosing energy efficient appliances, adding extra insulation to your attic, and using recycled materials are small steps that can have a big payoff. Low Impact Living is a great site to steer you in the right direction if you would like to try some ideas for living green. Green Home Environmental Products is another great site with room-by-room tips for helping the environment. Even HGTV is getting in on the craze with a Green Home Giveaway, and they have a lot of good information about going green on their site as well.
Locally, Avon’s newest Middle School, being built on the corner of 100 North and Dan Jones, will be LEED Certified. Here is an article about the new school from the IndyStar.com site.
MIBOR has also taken notice, and is planning to add green features to the profile sheets that Realtors use when listing a home, so if your home has special green features, we will soon have a way to highlight those improvements.