Green living supported in Raleigh

Everyone has a different perspective on the preferred way to conduct their own life, which is why individuals seek out communities and other people that share their convictions. If you're interested in implementing sustainable practices, Raleigh may be the right metro to call home. The city has recently implemented a variety of new green initiatives, which could indicate a strong movement toward sustainability.

Consider buying LEED certified
If you are interested in purchasing one of the homes for sale in Raleigh-Durham that have been certified as energy-efficient, congrats- selecting a house that fits Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification criteria is not a small decision. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling an existing residential structure, it takes time and a strategic plan of action to successfully implement sustainable technologies.

LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs, increase asset value, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, improve occupants' safety and health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The median price for a single-family home in Raleigh was $242,823 on September 28, according to data firm ALTOS Research. However, as energy efficiency becomes a greater concern for potential homebuyers, the value of a LEED-certified house may become significantly higher than the average price for a home, which makes sustainable home design a strong investment.

City releases new application
Raleigh's sustainability smartphone application is now available in the App Store. Starting on October 1, 2012, Raleigh residents were able to download the JouleBug application, designed to reward locals for completing various green tasks throughout the city with badges, similar to many popular location-based service games. Users can earn points, badges and pins by tracking their habits and altering their behavior to promote more sustainable action.

According to the city's website, this mobile app is the first of its kind applied to a municipal cause. Residents can earn the JouleBug Sustainable Raleigh badge by finishing the Downtown Raleigh Sustainability Walking Tour, riding an R-line bus, using a Raleigh electric vehicle charging station, using a BigBelly solar recycle station, exercising along the one of the city parkways or volunteering for eight hours of community service.

Residents interested in finding new ways to increase their sustainable behavior may want to consider downloading this application and supporting the metro's green initiatives.