You may have heard the saying, “A Green Home is a Healthy Home.” What exactly does that mean? Simply stated, it means that the actions you take to help the environment are also beneficial to your health. There are direct links between your home’s water and energy usage and the health of yourself and your family, neighbors and community.
Energy production consumes valuable resources and creates pollution. Generating electricity contributes to acid rain (through sulfur dioxide emissions of coal fired power plants) and global warming (through the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas). Generating electricity also harms our health. Energy-generated pollution has been directly linked to respiratory problems, so using energy resources wisely can help us all breathe easier. Try these easy energy reduction tips:
- Lower your thermostat in the winter and raise it in the summer.
- Turn down your hot water heater.
- Caulk, weather-strip and insulate walls, attics, basements, windows, doors and pipes.
- Install compact florescent light bulbs.
- Look for “Energy Star” label when replacing appliances.
By wasting less water, we reduce the risk of water pollution and associated health risks. Close to one million Americans get sick each year from contaminated water. Smart water use can help improve the health of both people and the environment.
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucets.
- Immediately fix leaky faucets and toilets.
- If you must water the lawn and garden, use timers and drip hoses, and water very early or late in the day.
- Properly dispose of paints, motor oil and pesticides by recycling or bringing them to a hazardous waste collection site.
- Avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers in your gardening.
When you create a green home, you’re not only saving the environment and saving money; you’re saving the ones you care about most. That’s why The Environments For Living® program was launched in 2001. The initiative supports home builders in applying building science and energy-efficient construction practices, including pre-construction plan reviews that use industry-standard home-energy analysis software, various inspection services, diagnostic testing utilizing industry-standard authentication tools. The program meets the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program and, at the Platinum energy level, meets the U.S. Department of Energy Building America® specifications.
Ashton Woods Homes is one of the home builders taking advantage of this program and building energy-efficient, healthy homes. The national home builder is at the forefront of energy-efficient home building and known for building the most efficient Atlanta new homes intown and across the metro area. Homes are not just equipped with energy efficient appliances; the homes are built from the ground up with efficiency in mind. Features include tight construction, improved thermal systems, right-sized heating and cooling systems, low-emissivity windows, energy efficient windows and energy performance guarantees.
On top of that, these Atlanta new homes meet durability standards to manage interior moisture and require less maintenance and repair. The carpets, cabinets and paints in the homes are safer for breathing and ventilation systems, balanced air pressure and combustion safety measures are implemented and enhanced air filtration systems all also lead to improved indoor quality and healthier homes.
Low-flow faucets and shower heads, high efficiency dishwashers and toilets and high-performance clothes washers are installed in all these Atlanta new homes to help conserve water.
Ashton Woods Homes has new home communities in South Forsyth, Vinings, Smyrna, Cumming, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Crabapple, Mableton and Woodstock that offer the best in comfort and convenience, reduce energy bills and build a healthier community. With Environments for Living, homeowners save an average of 25%-45% every year on utility bills, living healthier, safer and greener.