There has been a significant shift towards incorporating more environmentally conscious practices in a variety of industries around the globe—including housing.
According to a recent article in Realtor Magazine, the number of green homes has hit an all-time global high of 500,000 units (including single-family, multi-family, and affordable housing), with the number of LEED-certified homes (the most widely used green rating system) jumping an impressive 19 percent since 2017.
Green homes are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint—but they can also be a great way to lower your housing costs. LEED-certified homes, on average, use 20 to 30 percent less energy than traditional homes—which translates into significantly lower energy bills.
So, what does this mean for you? If you want to do your part for the planet—and save money on your housing costs in the process—going green and buying a LEED-certified home is definitely an option worth exploring.