Being environmentally friendly was once seen as extreme or eccentric, but now it’s more popular than ever before. So whether you’re planning a remodel or building a home from the ground up, Mortgage Lending Services has a variety of loan options to help you achieve your dream green home.
Plus, these days you don’t have to strain your budget or sense of style to have a healthy home – check out some environmentally friendly products and materials to use throughout your home.
RECYCLED PRODUCTS | From rubber and polymer roofing materials that reduce weight and upkeep to countertop alternatives, you’ll not only save on upfront costs but on long-term maintenance expenses.
OUTDOOR | If you’re planning to update or add on a deck, think about using treated lumber. This less toxic alternative won’t rot or need painting plus it’s splinter-free and cool to the touch, even on the hottest summer days.
WINDOWS | Opt for high-performance windows to help regulate the temperature inside your home. While these products may be more expensive, they cut heat flow in half which reduces heating and cooling costs by as much as 20 percent per month.
APPLIANCES | A household of four could save up to 6,000 gallons of water per year by simply choosing an Energy Star-rated toilet. Imagine how much you’d save if your home housed all water-saving appliances such as showers, sinks and washing machines.
WATER HEATER | Tank-less water heaters are compact, on-demand units that attach to your plumbing system and heat water only when needed. This simple addition is 50 to 70 percent more efficient than a traditional standby heater.
No matter what home project you choose to take on, when you select environmentally friendly materials you’ll be saving more than just money – you’ll be doing your part to go green! And with help from TruStone Financial you’ll be able to find the perfect financing option for you.
Editor’s note: segments of this article were taken from bhg.com and howstuffworks.com.