Green Homes in Chicago
Eco-Friendly Green Homes in Chicago are becoming very popular as Chicago becomes a more environmentally-focused city. With green technology at the forefront of the upcoming generations minds, many potential home buyers are discovering the long term savings that green homes offer, despite the slightly higher initial costs. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified homes reduce energy consumption and cost from 30-60%! In addition to lower maintenance costs, there are multiple state and federal tax breaks for owners of green homes under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Several city programs-- for example the Chicago Green Home Program-- are looking to a “greener” future by offering user-friendly information on services including:
Check out the “green” properties to the right to get a better idea of the Chicago Green Homes Market!
The numerous Green Home resources in Chicago range from government subsidized programs to community initiatives. The Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative, which demonstrated “green building” home construction and rehabilitation through its Green Bungalow Model Block program, offers greening tips for bungalow owners. Illinois State Government provides an "Environmental Helpline" that offers information and assistance to residents with questions or concerns related to the environment. Homeowners trying to “re-green” their homes will begin the project with a Home Energy Rating performed by a member of the Illinois Association of Energy Raters.
When shopping for a Sustainable Home in Chicago, it’s important to be aware of the terminology and specific aspects of what defines a Green Building. Some homes will be geared toward energy efficiency whereas other properties may boast environmentally friendly construction materials and methods. The National Association of Homebuilders cites six eco-friendly guidelines for Green Homes:
Emerging technologies and increased efficiency have created a myriad of do-dads, gadgets, and gizmos specifically designed with the environment in mind. From water conservation to energy production and everything in between, green design not only reduces negative environmental impact, but can significantly decrease the cost of powering your home.
Windows: The most significant aspect of windows and how they contribute to the 'greenness' of a home is in their energy efficiency. Specialty coatings, called glazes, on the panes of glass can greatly reduce the amount of UVA and UVB rays that are permitted to pass through into your home which can help to reduce the workload on air conditioners. Multi-pane windows do better than single pane windows at insulating a home from the exterior elements and retaining a higher percentage of heat which can significantly reduce wintertime heating bills. Dressed windows have some form of light control built into them; usually a style of blinds. The important feature to note here is that with the blinds encased in the window, there is a drastically less amount of surface area on which dust and other particles may accumulate, leaving less airborne pollutants to contaminate indoor air. Smart Windows use cutting edge technology such as 'suspended particles' and 'liquid crystals' to increase window efficiency in ways never before imagined. Whether you've decided to install new energy efficient windows or retro-fit existing windows for greater efficiency, there are few other projects that can drastically decrease a homes' overall environmental impact and the costs of heating and cooling your home.
Insulation: A well insulated home requires less energy to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. Insulation is rated according to its effectiveness at reducing heat transfer on an R-Value or R-Factor scale, where a higher R-Value translates into more efficiency. Different areas of your home will require different levels of insulation, so be sure to check with your builder and/or local sources for the recommended R-Value(s) of your property.
Water: Conserving water is one of the most immediate ways to contribute to a cleaner Earth. Low-Flow fixtures, such as faucets and shower heads, actually restrict the volume of water flow; greatly reducing the overall water consumption of your household. At one time, low-flow fixtures meant poor water pressure, but engineers have completely overcome this drawback. Dual-flush toilets are a significant contribution to water conservation. The design offers two options when flushing: One flush is approximately a half tank of water and is best for flushing liquid waste; Two flush uses a higher volume of water to eliminate solid waste. Cisterns: Common in California, cisterns capture and store non-potable water for use in watering lawns and other needs. The most effective cisterns will be integrated into the rain gutter system of a home, reclaiming and retaining more water than stand-alone cisterns. One of the most energy efficient and water conserving features that a home can offer is on-demand hot water, or 'tankless' hot water heaters. On-demand hot water supplies save energy and water in two specific ways: 1) The amount of energy used by a tankless hot water heater is drastically less than traditional water heaters in that on-demand systems do not continually and perpetually heat a reserve of water; 2) Less water is wasted while waiting for hot water to get to the faucet. On-demand hot water is immediate and there is no need to allow water to run for a couple of minutes while it warms up.
Chicago Home Estates is committed to a smaller 'Carbon-Footprint.' Leaving our planet in a better condition for future generations to enjoy and prosper is possible while selling your home when you list with Chicago Home Estates.
Our commitment to the environment means:
So, you may be wondering how exactly we plan on marketing your home. Cutting-edge technology is the answer! We utilize every technological advancement available to give your property plenty of exposure. With viral email marketing, we give your property a 'buzz' factor. Your agent will email your listing to appropriate clients in our extensive buyer database. Your home will have stand-out appeal that is simply impossible with print advertising, where your home's ad would be competing against dozens of others.
Our "Email this Listing to a Friend" feature allows clients to share your property listing with their personal contacts by automatically composing an email featuring your property. All the client has to do is fill in a few email addresses of friends they think would like your property. After all, the most powerful marketing has always been word of mouth and referral-- and an email featuring your listing can be forwarded again and again!