Environmentally Friendly Housing Options


| 7/18/2018 9:59:00 AM


House hunting can be a challenge for anyone looking to purchase a new home. This is doubly true for those looking for an eco-friendly home. Should you look for a new apartment? Smart home? Tiny home?

Below we highlight some of the more eco-friendly options out there so you can make an informed decision on which might be best for yourself, your family, and Mother Nature.

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Apartments

While cabin living might be idyllic and seem like the greenest way to go, studies actually indicate that high-rise apartments in cities are far better for the environment.

Research performed by the United States Energy Information Administration indicates that apartment living might be much more eco-friendly than living in a single unit home. In 2009, 19 million people lived in apartment buildings with five or more units, but only accounted for 9 percent of home energy use during that time. That explains why New York City has the lowest per capita energy use in North America.



But not all high-density units are equally good for the environment. If you’re looking to lessen your carbon footprint with apartment living, it’s best to move into a newer unit with updated, energy-efficient appliances, new windows, good insulation, and other amenities that help to lessen energy use.



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