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Living a green lifestyle is becoming increasingly important for many Americans, and a recent survey found that people are incredibly happy with their decision to go green. The report from GuildQuality surveyed home owners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified home and found that a large majority of people are satisfied with their efficient home. A total of 187 respondents took part in the survey.

The survey, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders, found that 94 percent of green home owners would recommend a green home to a friend, and 92 percent would purchase another green home. In addition, 5 percent said they weren’t sure. It also found that 71 percent of home owners said they felt the home was of better quality than its less eco-friendly counterparts, and 90 percent said they enjoyed the feeling of “doing the right thing” by having a green home.

“Historically, studies have focused on interest in green among buyers in the market or on trends as reported by industry professionals,” Co-Chair of NAHB’s Energy & Green Building Subcommittee Matt Belcher, said. “While that’s certainly important information for all those in the industry, it doesn’t always get to the heart of what new buyers want to know, which is: ‘How satisfied are green homeowners with their decision?’ This data provides groundbreaking information that can be of value to the general public as well as the industry.”

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Participants were asked a series of open-ended questions to find what they enjoyed the most about their green home. Most people said that insulation was a major plus for them, followed by efficiency, HVAC, geothermal, solar, appliances, paint, heating/cooling, energy, windows and more.

Respondents were most satisfied with the low utility bills they had to pay, and 55 percent said that although their home cost more than a traditional home, they believe that those costs were well worth the investment.

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In a study conducted by the University of California, which collected data from 1.6 million California home sales from 2007 to 2012, researchers found that the average green-certified home sold for 9 percent more than its traditional counterpart. Because of this, and for a number of other reasons, David Bergman, an expert in green architecture, told Bankrate that home buyers need to first ask themselves why they want a green home to determine the ideal features they are looking for. Energy-efficient appliances, weatherproof windows, good insulation, solar power and more are things to consider.

Home buyers who find a home they fall in love with that isn’t green certified may be able to make some simple changes to make it more sustainable, such as installing new appliances, getting a home automation system and playing off the landscape and overall structure of the home to utilize sunlight, wind and shade.

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