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Have you ever dreamed of buying a piece of land and building your own green house on it? Maybe you’ve already invested in a property and are just looking for a way to make it a little more eco-friendly.

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Going green, and doing it right, might be a lot easier than you think — that’s why we’re here to debunk the biggest and nastiest green home myths. Here are the top five green home misconceptions you should stop believing in immediately.

1. Only new homes can be green

While you can go all out to build the greenest Earthship your neighborhood has ever seen, you can also make some subtle changes to your existing property.

“Helping the environment doesn’t have to mean building an entirely new, expensive green home,” says Craig Ricks Jr., president of Acadian Windows and Siding.

“It is possible to retrofit an existing home to make it more environmentally friendly, for example by changing the wiring and plumbing.”

You can also go green in your existing home by installing low-emissivity (“low-E”) windows, re-insulating the home, or even just buying more energy-efficient appliances (like those made by Energy Star), Ricks says.

2. Green houses are too expensive

We bet on our next relaunch test, you’ve already heard this one.

“One of the biggest myths and misconceptions about green building and environmentally friendly construction is that it’s too expensive to be truly scalable,” says RJ D’Angelo, owner of JWE Remodeling & Roofing. “That’s not true.”

In fact, if you want to save on your home’s energy costs, you can start right away, with small steps that reduce your carbon footprint, says D’Angelo, rather than building a whole new home with the latest advances in leading edge in green building technology.

Among those progressive steps: Upgrade your roofing system to something with recycled metal that reflects the sun’s heat, suggests D’Angelo.

“This, along with a properly insulated attic and a fully ventilated roof structure, can reduce a home’s heating and cooling expenses by up to 34 percent,” he says.

3. Sustainable homes are ugly

There’s no rule that says sustainable homes have to look a certain way, and they certainly don’t have to be ugly.

“There are so many charming, well-planned, well-thought-out sustainable homes out there — from adorable, modern tiny homes to net-zero luxury homes,” says Matt Daigle, CEO and Founder of Rise, a leading online authority in sustainable habitat improvement. .

4. Going green means getting off the grid

When people think of going green, they tend to imagine the extremes, like wearing handmade clothes and living in a recycled cabin with a bunch of goats. In reality? It’s much less intense than that.

“A sustainable house can be made without leaving the network”, explains Daigle.

He cites solar panels and reclaimed water systems as two ways modern homeowners can live a sustainable lifestyle, free from farm animals.

“Sustainable homes are not off-grid homes that rely solely on their own energy and resources,” he says. “These homeowners simply benefit from lower energy and water bills thanks to their sustainable practices.”

5. It’s hard to make your home eco-friendly

As you’re probably starting to realize, going green doesn’t have to be complicated. And while more and more companies are offering sustainable building products and designs, there’s an even easier way to green your home, and it starts in the garden.

“There are so many simple actions any homeowner can take to make their home more environmentally friendly,” says Cassy Aoyagi, board member of the main Los Angeles chapter of the US Green Building Council.

Try replacing annual foliage with native perennials, watering less, eliminating pesticides and fertilizers, or even simply reducing the size of your lawn, which tends to require additional chemical and water consumption.

Looking for more tips for going green? We have the ultimate guide to owning a greener home.

*Content originally published by REALTOR.com, provided by PAAR**

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