Does a green home cost more? Yes and no. Upfront costs for energy-efficient materials are typically 2-5% higher than standard products. However, energy-efficient materials cost less to operate monthly. Therefore, a green home will provide homeowners with monthly savings on utility bills that more than pay for the initial upfront costs.
The benefits of building green far outweigh any initial higher costs. Your home will be more efficient and therefore more economical to manage. Also, you will be more comfortable in all seasons with less drafts seeping into your home. The air throughout the house will be healthier, with increased ventilation and less toxic chemicals being dispersed. In addition, you will have pride knowing that your home is safer for the environment, decreasing the amount of toxins in the air your children breath.