Five Green Home Trends for 2012

01/27/2012

It’s not a new year until you have created your top 5 list of how your going to help the environment. So Jetson Green has created it’s own top 5 list and maybe you can sneak a few of their items into your list and make your friends think you are the king of sustainability.

There’s something about the beginning of a year that makes the fortune tellers come out in droves.  But I guess it’s fun to ponder and pontificate about the future — to string data together to predict what will happen in the next 365 days.  Buildipedia took a shot at identifying green home trends for 2012, and here are the five that they list:

#1: Renovation Nation – with home construction still on the decline, it makes sense to renovate what you already have.

#2: Smaller Footprints – if building new, less square footage translates into materials and labor savings, not to mention cost savings based on heating and cooling a smaller space.

#3: Net Zero – not just generating as much energy in a year as is consumed but net-zero water could become a topic of conversation next year with droughts.

#4: Energy Monitoring Systems – with prices going down, it could be a good time to examine real-time energy data on your iPhone, iPad, or computer.

#5: Residential LEDs – technology has come a long way with better pricing, more output, and warmer light colors.

Via Jetson Green

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