A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of completing your own energy-improvement projects at home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.
In addition, it has been shown that sustainable home improvements increase potential buyers interest and a home’s marketability when it comes time to resell.
Below are a number of resources for Nebraska homeowners to improve the energy-efficiency and indoor quality of life in their own homes. For more information, contact USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Chapter's Green Homes Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A typical household spends about $1,900 a year on energy bills and contributes twice the amount of greenhouse gases to the environment as an average car. By entering your ZIP code and some basic information about the types of fuel used to heat and cool your home, ENERGY STAR Home Advisor can provide you with recommended home improvement projects to increase energy efficiency and comfort in the area where you live.
You can benchmark your home's energy performance using the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick.
Residents of the State of Nebraska have access to ‘Dollar and Energy Saving Loans’ at 5% APR Interest or less. The program is run through the Nebraska Energy Office and the state’s lending institutions. Improvement projects include air-conditioning/furnace replacement, envelope improvement (insulation, roof, windows), the purchase of energy-efficient appliances, etc. For more information Visit the NE Energy Office Website.
LEED for Homes is a rating system from the US Green Building Council that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
The Green Home Guide, also managed by the USGBC, provides information, benefits and resources for green homes.
The Home Energy Saver quickly computes a home's energy use on-line based on methods developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Users can estimate how much energy and money can be saved and how much emissions can be reduced by implementing energy-efficiency improvements.
The American Society of Interior Designers’ Foundation and USGBC have partnered to launch REGREEN, the nation's first green residential remodeling guidelines. The guidelines are free to download and are full of best practices, case studies, and other resources. Download the REGREEN Guidelines Today.
The Neighborhood Center (NC) is a community-based, neighborhood-driven organization administered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. NC provides information and assistance to neighborhood associations to enable them to come together and develop their own leadership and decision-making structure and effectively address the issues affecting the quality of life in their communities.