The more of these you have, the more easily and less expensively you can remodel your new home to be green.
Nice to Have in a Home:
Hard-Surfaced Floors: Carpeting is not healthy and is expensive to replace.
Large roof overhangs: These protect your home from sunlight and rainwater. Although you do not need large overhangs on the north side of the house for sunlight, you do still need overhangs to protect from rain.
Mature trees on west and southwest: Trees shade your home from the harsh and hot sunlight of the west and southwest. Yes, you can plant them but they take time to mature. In the meantime, you will have some sizable utility bills unless you can block that sun. Of course, if there is no sun on those windows in the first place, mature trees make life beautiful!
Casement windows that open correctly: Windows open to catch the prevailing breezes.
Established organic yard and flower beds. This will keep you from having to establish an organic yard.
Water-Wise Landscaping This will keep you from either paying large water utility bills or having to replace plants with ones that are less water greedy.
Food production. All forms of production from a small square-foot garden, to vegetables growing in the "back 40," to nut and fruit trees are welcome. If it is maintained organically, so much the better.
Any source of alternative energy.
Sunlight: Naturally bright homes have lower utility bills and are more enjoyable than dark homes.
South facing windows: South windows should be shaded in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, the sun will warm your home.
North facing windows: North Windows allow light without allowing sun after 10 am in the morning all year.
Few windows on the east unless shaded after 10 am in the morning: East sun can be blocked with remodeling.
Low- or medium-pitched roofs: High pitched roofs are expensive to cure of the Hot Texas Attic Syndrome and often do not protect windows from rain.
Energy Star or LEED-H certified. Unfortunately, an Energy Star rated home does not make it a green home. It takes more than energy savings to make a green home. By the same token, LEED certified buildings apparently exist which are not energy-efficient. But, yes, either certification is nice to find.
Roofing other than asphalt shingles.
A relatively new HVAC system: Extra points for a high SEER air-conditioner.
Ductwork that is in conditioned space. Much better than ductwork in the attic, for example.
Rainwater harvesting system. Or even the gutters in place for a rainwater system to be added.
Porch on south or southeast: Will catch prevailing warm weather breezes. Being blocked from the north winds and warmed by the sun will make the porch useable in cooler weather, too. And you have the beginning of a good outdoor room.
Screened porch on the south or southeast: A great bug-free room for this area.
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