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Going Green in 2013: Expert Awards

Helping protect our environment and preserving our planet for the next generation is one of the most important tasks facing us today. Sometimes it can seem like a daunting challenge, but individual homeowners can do their part by going green in both big and small ways. In 2013, homeowners are more environmentally aware than ever, which is why we have turned to our experts for find out what changes people are making to their routines this year.

The subject of going green is near and dear to many of our experts They had a lot of suggestions for adapting your lifestyle in a way that’s environmentally friendly, without greatly disrupting your day-to-day life. Their answers to this week’s question are full of helpful tips and tricks!

Below, we’ve compiled a few of the helpful answers our experts provided. Check back later in the week for a follow-up article!

How can homeowners live green in 2013?

What are the biggest green trends you’ve noticed so far?

How can homeowners incorporate concepts like living small into their everyday lives?

What green strategies make the biggest difference for the smallest price?

Do you see any upcoming green trends on the horizon?

Most Inspiring

"It all boils down to making living green part of your value system. The details of how you do that and to what degree are really less important than that you really decide that being a good steward of the Earth is important to you. ... Do not think you have to go all out and live like a pioneer to do some good. Every little bit helps. Each drop of water and each watt of energy that you conserve is helpful." read more

Pablo's comment is inspiring because it boils the issue down to its key point: as long as you keep the environment in mind, going green is easy. You don't have to live in a yurt to help protect the planet. Just remember that small contributions can add up in a big way.

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Most Creative

“The “Nest” is a new and efficient way to manage your thermostat. This device allows you to control and adjust the temperature of your house from your smart phone. You can turn on your AC on your way home from work without having it run all day; saving energy and saving you money on your electric bill!” read more

This is just one of the many creative energy-saving solutions Grand View Builders came up with in their comment. You can find ways to save energy and be more eco-friendly in nearly every area of your life with just a little bit of creative thinking!

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Most Insightful

“Avoid the word “trend” when thinking about sustainability would be my first suggestion. ” read more

Tanya's comment is short and to the point. Going green isn't just a flash in the pan trend--it's a movement that's here to stay. Incorporating green thinking into your daily life will help make a brighter future for all of us.

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Most Articulate

“The best way to be green is move over from a regular water heater to a electric tankless water heater. Water Heaters waste lots of unused energy . The reason for electronic simple style is that the ROI is very important in keeping the green while going green and although the gas tankless heaters are good as well.” read more

2 Thumbs Up offers an elegant solution to one of the biggest energy conservation issues homeowners face. Their comment also reminds us that going green doesn't necessarily have to mean spending more. In many cases, you can save the environment while also saving yourself money.

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Most Informative

“Collection of rainwater actually has been going on for over 40 years or more. Can use this for domestic purposes only.” read more

Not many people thing about things like collecting rainwater, but it has actually been proven to be a great way to reduce our impact on the environment. Just doing a little research about methods people are already using can be a great way to get inspired to make your own green changes.

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