How Californians Are Going Green at Home

It’s amazing. California went from a major energy crisis to a clean and renewable power leader in just 15 years.

The Golden State has an ambitious goal to reach 33% renewable energy by 2020, and the way things are going, it looks like they just might reach that milestone. Californians are really stepping up, which is why almost a quarter of its electricity use currently comes from renewable sources.

So how are Californians doing their part to go green at home?

Eco-Friendly Housing Construction


Four years ago, California launched its green housing legislation that requires new home construction to use renewable materials to construct homes. This includes roofing materials, cabinets, countertops, and insulation. Green homes not only emphasize the importance of the health of the planet, but also that of homeowners.

Not only do ‘green’ home improvements help the environment, they can also add value. A certified green home sells for an average of 9% more than a non-green home in California. With the average home price in California currently at around $400,000, that means green homes get an average of $34,800 more at the point of sale. When you consider how much more you can potentially sell your home for whenever you decide to move, it’s worth the investment.

And to sweeten the deal, California incentivizes green home construction by offering homeowners $2,000 in rebates on buildings that meet green standards in construction materials, as well as energy use and air quality.

Solar Panels


Sunshine energy is totally free, and can help power up many systems and appliances in our homes. Californians are getting this, and are continuing to look towards solar panel systems to help cut down on their carbon footprint. Homes with solar panel systems have a significantly lowered dependency on the power grid, helping homeowners slash their utility bills at the end of the month while doing their part to fight global warming.

And while solar panel systems can be pretty pricey (about $15,000 for the average-sized home), the much-cheaper energy bills can help offset these upfront costs. In fact, homeowners can cut as much as 75% off their utility bills every month.

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