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What’s the real impact of an environmentally certified home?

There are more cost-effective ways to make a great difference on the planet
  • People are more aware of the environment, and they want to do their part in improving it.
  • Many people make green home improvements or buy certified homes to reduce their carbon footprint, but they may not be making the impact they think they are.
  • There are more cost-effective ways, such as buying green electricity, that make a bigger impact than having a certified home. To stay relevant, certification programs need to have stricter base standards.

In recent years, people have become increasingly concerned about the environment and climate change. One major factor linked to climate change is the carbon dioxide emissions that come from everyday human activities, such as driving our cars or operating our homes. For those who are new in their environmental awareness, one of the first things they look to change is their home, whether it's through home improvements, such as installing energy-efficient appliances and solar panels, or moving into a new, environmentally certified home. In addition to helping Mother Earth, these homeowners are looking to help their pockets by benefiting from the often-touted savings that these upgrades provide. But, are homeowners and homebuyers truly making the change they think they are? 'It ain't easy being green' In honor of Earth Day, Trulia released its "It Ain't Easy Being Green," study that highlights the gap between awareness of environmental issues and actually doing something ab...