Going Green in Chicagoland
If you are looking for a home that is easy on the environment you may want to check out St. Charles or Humboldt Park. These two neighborhoods are atop of the list of homes with the greatest number of green features, according to Redfin.
Homes with green features may include solar panels, energy efficient lighting and appliances, high-performance windows, low-flow water systems, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, or environmental ratings and certification programs.
While green homes do sell at higher prices, there are many benefits to owning a green home including: lower utility bills, enhanced equipment for better quality of life, and environmental protection.
A good place to start saving energy at home is with your heating and cooling system which comprises as much as 50% of the energy used in your home. Smaller steps you can take toward greener living would be to ensure your attic is properly insulated as well as keeping doors and windows caulked and weather stripped to keep the indoor climate stabilized.