With all of the information out there about eco-friendly homes, it’s difficult to know what is correct and what is a plain untrue. We’re cutting through the clutter to demystify the top 5 myths about sustainable houses, so you can feel confident buying a home that reduces your carbon footprint.
1. Eco-friendly homes are too expensive
Although it is true that building an environmentally-friendly home from the ground up can be costly, there are plenty of options for making your existing home—or the one you are looking to buy—more eco-friendly without breaking the bank.
For example, at Reeco we provide free solar power systems to all home buyers and sellers, enabling them to enjoy free electricity for life while minimizing their environmental footprint. Every complimentary solar power system saves trees, oil barrels, CO2, and car pollution, and these savings are actually tracked so that homeowners can see their environmental impact in real time.
Additional affordable options for making your home more eco-friendly include installing low-flow toilets and showerheads, and investing in bamboo for hardwood flooring rather than timber.
2. There is no easy way to turn your dream house into an eco-friendly home if it’s not already sustainable
When searching for a new home, some buyers feel like they have to decide between an eco-friendly home that is good for the environment and one that fits their other “dream home” criteria. The truth is that you can have the best of both worlds!
With Reeco, it is easy to have a complimentary solar power system added to any home of your choice before you move in. This means that you’re free to find the perfect home that fits your needs, without worrying about the environmental impact.
Learn how much you can save your wallet and our environment by adding a complimentary solar power system to your new home. Sign up for a free Reeco account and use the proprietary solar calculator!
3. Environmentally friendly means cutting down on modern amenities
Switching off the tap, shortening shower times, turning lights off—we tend to think about conservation as using less. However, being environmentally-friendly doesn’t mean cutting down on modern comforts.
For example, simply modifying certain amenities like switching out traditional incandescent lightbulbs for energy-efficient ones (halogen incandescent bulbs, CFLs, and LEDs) and weatherstripping windows can save the environment and your wallet without requiring less energy usage.
4. Eco-friendly homes don’t have a huge environmental impact anyway
EnergySage also reports that the same 5-kilowatt solar power system mentioned reduces carbon emissions by 4.9 metric tons per year—roughly equivalent to the amount of smog produced by a standard vehicle!
5. The savings from eco-friendly technologies don’t outweigh the installation cost
This is a common concern among environmentally-conscious homebuyers, especially those with limited incomes. Fortunately, there is plenty of data available to support the fact that eco-friendly technologies, such as solar power systems, can save homeowners a significant amount of money.
According to EnergySage, the average family in California can save more than $28,000 in a 20-year span using a 5-kilowatt solar power system. Reeco’s own data has found that the average homeowner in Orange County can save more than $35,000 in electricity bills over 30 years (and we guarantee our solar power systems to last at least that long!).
Reeco’s Solar Savings Calculator displays exactly how much you’ll save on every eco-friendly home. Sign up for a free Reeco account and search available homes and savings!