Once considered a fad, the going Green movement is growing. There are now several Green certifications available to real estate professionals. NAR's GREEN and Eco-Broker are two of the better known certifications out there.
The use of energy saving, environmentally friendly and sustainable products has had a positive impact on the environment as well as on consumers' budgets. Besides saving money though, property owners have also found that using materials that don't give off harsh or toxic chemicals has been a safer and healthier choice. The US Building Council reports that a Green home uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste, and is healthier for occupants.
Whether your GREEN contribution is simply installing energy efficient CFL light bulbs in all of the lighting sources, starting a compost pile in your backyard, or something as elaborate as investing in Solar Panels to provide the energy source, every contribution helps the environment.