Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Greening Up Nashville's Homes

You're the envy of the neighborhood. It's a real showplace and you even have a chance at winning "Yard of the Month". The grass is manicured at three inches and beautifully green. Last fall's aerating, overseeding and watering worked like a charm on this spring's lawn.

Stop! While preparing the lawn for the spring is making things 'green', what I really wanted to talk about today is 'green homes'. We've heard a lot about green homes in the last few years, and they're getting even more attention.

What makes a house 'green'? General Guidelines include:
- Plug air leaks
- Choose Energy Star appliances
- Explore solar power
- Reduce water use
- Use low-VOC products
- Use wood alternatives or FSC-certified wood products
- Plant trees to provide shade and wind protection for your home
- Use native plantings

This, in no way, provides a fully comprehensive list. To learn about the 'green home' standards, click HERE. You'll learn a lot about how to make your home more energy efficient. Nashville is becoming more of a 'green home' market. To read the article in The Tennessean about Nashville's green home market, use THIS LINK.

For an agent who understands the Nashville real estate market, you may want to give me a call or send me an email. I'm happy to answer all of your questions about your home and can point you in the direction of an Energy Star home inspector.

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