There are dozens or more websites about going green. Environmentally conscious ways to build and maintain existing homes are just at the beginning of what will be a huge movement. A San Francisco real estate office, Green Key Real Estate at www.greenkeyhomes.com, concentrates on servicing those who are environmentally conscious. A Puget Sound real estate office, Green Works Realty at www.greenworksrealty.com provides similar services for those in the Puget Sound area. Even if you do not what to buy a home in either place, take a look at these websites. They provide a wealth of ideas for all environmentally conscious people in every state.
This wave is not only targeting individual homeowners, but also entire towns. Mayor Richard M. Daley in Chicago has championed the green movement by planting trees, turning empty land into parks, and installing gardens on the roofs of city-owned buildings. The gardens on the roofs keep heating and cooling costs down in addition to cleaning the air.
So many towns are buying into the windmill as a source of alternative energy that these wind power turbines are in a shortage. Companies that manufacture the windmills and their parts are running multiple shifts just to keep up with the demand. The goal of many of the towns in using wind power is that they can sustain themselves completely off the electrical grid without impacting the earth.
Research is currently being done by several companies on a more powerful solar panel that will be in the price range for the average homeowner. It is estimated that the potential market for solar power is about $11 billion, so many companies are trying to get a piece of this massive pie. Builders too are jumping on the green bandwagon. Home builder’s associations are forming committees to educate the builders on the variety of green products. Builders and contractors are working with manufacturers of green products to come up with low-cost, good looking, eco-friendly products to showcase in their model homes.
We are about to see one of the biggest nonpolitical movements ever in the United States; the movement toward energy conservation, environmental consciousness, and going green.