Green Home Myths

You don't have to be a tree hugger or wealthy to own an energy efficient home.

Here are just some of the misconceptions about green homes and the reality behind them.

Green homes are expensive. Green homes come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. From a base price of $80,000 for a prefab home (view options HERE), upwards to $1M (see green Grand Rapids homes HERE), the right price for you is out there.

Green homes look weird. These days there are green options that will fit anyone's taste. Luxurious, modern, traditional or rustic, there is something for everyone. If you're building, interview a few architects and builders that are green certified to find one that best suites your style. Look for local green home professionals HERE.

Green buildings’ energy savings are more hype than reality. Studies have repeatedly shown that energy efficient buildings offer opportunity to save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To show you some examples of how much you can save in dollars with energy efficient improvements, click HERE.

Energy has become a critical economic issue and a high priority for policymakers. Unsustainable energy supply and demand have serious implications; from household budgets to international relations. Buildings are on the forefront of this issue because of their high consumption of energy. 

Green homes require advanced technology. Green homes aren't about gadgets. They're about better construction methods that increase efficiency in the home and promote a healthy indoor environment. Indoor air quality is so important to your health. Find out more about the health effects of indoor air quality HERE.

Existing homes can't be green. Retrofitting a current home is actually greener than building a new one. Not everything has to be replaced in order to be green, either. Small projects like replacing your toilet with an energy efficient model, or refinishing floors instead of replacing them, is much more eco-friendly than throwing everything out. There are plenty of ideas online for creating a green environment within your current home.

There aren't many eco friendly building materials. The green business is growing rapidly. There are SO many options available for every room in the house. Think out of the box and use re-purposed and salvaged materials for different projects. Get inspired and see 'before and afters' HERE.

Green materials aren't durable or as effective. Green materials are all about durability and effectiveness, and are usually more durable than conventional materials. Just one example, natural linoleum has a lifespan of 20 - 40 years while vinyl flooring only lasts 10 - 20 years. 

My contractor won't know what I mean by wanting green materials. Some contractors will be well versed in green materials, while others won't. If a contractor doesn't really have a clue, then you may end up paying more as you pull them along in learning new skills. Find a contractor that is aware of all of the options and materials you need HERE.

The Green fad will pass. Green is growing. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ report, Green and Healthier Homes: Engaging Consumers of All Ages in Sustainable Living:

  • Over half of builders expect that more than 60% of the homes that they build will be green by 2020, and over one third of remodelers expect the same level of green in their projects.

  • The growth of those doing this significant level of green work among remodelers is very steep, with the percentage who expect to be that highly involved in green by 2020 being two and a half times greater than the percentage currently doing green at that level.