Investing in a Green Home Makes Sense

Ten Actions You Can Take for a High Performance Home

During Construction:

Let your builder know that durable products and low maintenance features are highpriorities.

Refer to a Built Green checklist and ask your builder to highlight features that decrease maintenance, replacement costs /or provide long-term savings.

Savings in Your Home:

Use longer lasting materials for exterior use such as siding, roofing, and decking.

Install durable, low maintenance products for floors and countertops such as tile, linoleum or reclaimed wood

Install well-placed energy efficient windows and light-colored surfaces to reduce energy use.

Choose ENERGY STARĀ® lighting fixtures and appliances.

Choose high performance, low flow fixtures for bath and kitchen.

Maintain your heating and ventilation systems per manufacturer's recommendations.

For grass, choose types requiring less irrigation and maintenance.

Install solar powered outdoor lighting.

Use low- emitting interior products and materials to avoid environmentally triggered illnesses