The Ultimate Greening Your House to Increase Its Value Quiz

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About This Quiz

With the growth of environmentalism, people are wondering whether investing in a greener home will increase its resale value. It is already well known that a green home can save you a lot of money on energy costs and improve your health. Now studies are showing that the value of a home will increase significantly in exchange for investing in going green. Take this quiz to see how greening can raise the market value of your home.

What is the green building movement all about?

Green building is about making building or renovation choices with future energy use, utility costs, comfort and health as a focus. With these goals in mind, you will create a home that helps preserve the environment.

How many basic ways are there to make your home greener?

There are three basic ways to make your home greener: improve energy efficiency, add environmentally friendly features and make your home healthier.

What is a common term that refers to your homes exterior walls, windows, doors and roof?

It is common for your homes exterior walls, windows, doors and roof to be referred to as the envelope. Keeping outside air out and conditioned air inside your home is the goal of tightening the envelope by locating and sealing even small openings.

What is a good first step to improving energy efficiency in your home?

A good first step is to tighten up the envelope of your house so that valuable heated or cooled air cannot escape. It can also be accomplished by using lighting that is more efficient and replacing old appliances with updated energy efficient units.

What would be considered a way to add environmentally friendly features to your home?

You can add environmentally friendly features by adding water-efficient fixtures, native landscaping and using materials that have a minimal impact on the earth. Reducing water use is a very important green step that will save money and protect our valuable water resources.

What is a good basic greening step that you can take to make your home healthier?

You want to improve air quality in your home by using green cleaning solutions and clean decorating articles. Your goal is to reduce use of solutions and items that reduce the air quality in your home or replacing worn out flooring and furniture with greener choices.

What is an answer to a frequently asked question of how much extra is going green going to coast?

Greening your home can have a significant proven financial benefit to not only increase the sale price, but to act as a marketing tool to get your home noticed. Homeowners can also benefit from many tax credits and incentives for going green.

What did a 2007 study by the National Association of Appraisers find is the dollar increase in property value for every dollar in annual energy bill reduction because of greening?

This means an increase in appraised vale of $20,730 for a typical energy cost reduction of $1,000 for a green home. Another obvious plus even if you do not sell is that you saved $1,000 a year on energy living in your green home.

How much can you save in a typical home if you seal around your doors, windows and wall penetrations, such as dryer vents?

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, if you seal around doors, windows and wall penetrations such as dryer vents you can save around $100 a month on energy bills. That is a good return on an investment for a couple of tubes of caulking at about $5 each.

How much can you expect to save if you switch from single pane windows to EnergyStar rated windows that cost about $65 each?

According to realtytrack.com, switching to EnergyStar rated windows you can save $350 a year over single-paned windows and $70 per year if you already have non-EnergyStar compliant double-paned windows. At around $65 each for the windows the payback period is relatively short.

If you upgrade attic insulation to R-30 in an 1800 square feet home, how much can you expect to save on yearly energy costs?

According to Jacksonville Electric Association, you can expect to save $436 a year on energy costs by upgrading insulation in the attic of an 1800 square feet home. Installing fiberglass batt insulation in an attic is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project.

By simply sealing your ductwork, how much a can you save yearly on heating and cooling costs?

You will save more than $100 a year on heating and cooling costs by simply sealing ductwork and around vents. That is a good savings for about an hour's work and around $30 worth of materials.

How much can you save on heating and cooling costs by replacing a traditional thermostat with an EnergyStar programmable thermostat?

You can expect to save $180 on heating and cooling costs by replacing a traditional thermostat with an EnergyStar programmable thermostat. A typical EnergyStar programmable thermostat will cost around $42 and a do-it-yourselfer can install it easily.

Why is it that many people are reluctant to replace incandescent bulbs with the greener compact fluorescent bulbs?

Most consumers cite the high cost of purchasing compact fluorescent bulbs as a major deterrent to switching from incandescent bulbs. The average price of 50 cents for incandescent versus about $4 for a compact fluorescent puts many people off, but they fail to see the long-term savings.

How much money can you save on energy costs by replacing five regular bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs?

By switching out just five of the incandescent bulbs in your home for compact fluorescents, you can save $100 a year in operating costs. These bulbs also typically have a life span of about seven years longer than an incandescent bulb.

What should you ensure if you are planning to purchase a new or replacement appliance?

You should ensure that any appliance has an EnergyStar Certified sticker on it with data that allows you to compare efficiency with other similar appliances. The EnergyStar label insures you that the appliance meets or exceeds energy efficiency standards.

What green features are people willing to pay a premium price for when they make a home purchase?

Several studies have proven that many people are equally willing to a premium price for a home incorporating green health factors and reduced environmental impact, as they are to pay for reduced energy costs.

For what purpose is more than half of U.S. water consumption dedicated?

According to Clemson University, surprising as it may seem, almost 60 percent of American water consumption goes to irrigation and landscaping. You can help reduce this by using rain barrels to water plants and native plants that require less irrigation.

What should you focus on for materials to make your home healthier?

Try to use materials that have the lowest content of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These chemicals are used to manufacture furnishings, paints, flooring and adhesives.

What device should you consider to improve the air quality inside your new energy efficient green home with a tight envelope?

Tighter homes are healthier when you equip them with a quality ventilation system with a built in heat exchanger. A heat exchanger will recover heat or cold from the air on its way out of your home and transfer it to the air coming in to your home, providing fresh air without sacrificing energy efficiency.

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