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Many people are considering making their next home more environmentally friendly; building green is bigger than ever, with the positive impact on the environment as well as the tax breaks you can get when you make your home more energy efficient. It can be an expensive undertaking, but well worth it in the long run. Read on to learn more about the many ways you can reduce the costs related to building green.

Prior to selecting a building site, be sure to consider the different aspects that you will need to use to make your building green; a site with good solar exposure will help you to harness the sun's powers as a source of energy. Avoid any site that has large billboards obstructing the exposure. A site that has a steady wind can assist in such energy-saving options as passive heating or cooling through ventilation. It can also open up the possibility of building a wind turbine, which is also a power source. A site on a stream or a river can become a future micro-hydro power generator as well as a potential source for drinking water.

Building green also means considering such things as the orientation of the building; you should be sure that the windows will face north or south. In southern climates, it's important to put larger windows on the northern side, to maximize the cooler light, and minimize southern windows and also shade that window from direct sunlight. Residents of northern climates should maximize the windows on the southern side of the house to maximize the solar gain during the cold winter months.

When the time comes to choose fixtures and appliances, be sure that you've chosen the fixtures that will help you conserve water. It doesn't cost any more, and it's a great way to save money as well as remain environmentally friendly. An open design to the layout cannot only reduce the costs of construction, but it can also increase the daylight and natural ventilation as well as minimize the use of materials. Green building can be expensive, but it is rewarding.

Kristin Balsley
Claremont Realty Group
535 Springfield Avenue
BSummit, NJ 07901


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