Austin Green HomesNamed one of the “10 Greenest Cities in America” by MSN City Guides and ranked #10 in Popular Science’s list of “America’s 50 Greenest Cities,” Austin is a hotbed of green initiatives. It’s safe to say that Austin takes going green seriously, and with the increasing number of Austin green homes now available, it’s becoming easier for today’s homebuyers to start living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.
In Austin, the green movement is no passing fad. Recycling drop-off centers have been around since the 1970s and the city was among the first in Texas to implement a curbside recycling program. The city’s Green Building Program, started in 1991, was the country’s first and has since played a pivotal role in the continuing success of the Austin green real estate market.
According to a Sierra Club report, the city has saved almost 600 megawatts of power since it launched its energy efficiency program in the 1980s. Austin is also where the first Whole Foods Market opened back in 1980 and the company’s headquarters and flagship store are still located here.
Today, along with the new Austin green homes that have been and are being built by environmentally conscious builders, many homeowners are also improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of their homes. The Austin Energy Residential Green Building Program analyzes these new and remodeled homes and provides one to five-star ratings. Apart from looking at a home’s energy efficiency, the program examines the home’s water efficiency, material efficiency and health and safety features as well.
Find Austin green homes today with the advice and assistance of Realtor Audrey Pudder. View resources for a green lifestyle in the “Green Living” section and click on “Austin Neighborhoods” for more information on the city’s diverse communities.
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