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More homeowners choosing energy-efficient lifestyles to save on utility costs

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It used to be that energy-efficient green housing was once not only rare, but extremely expensive, as appliances and non-conventional layouts that are characteristic of such properties could only be acquired at a premium. However, that trend has changed, and now environmentally friendly and energy-efficient are descriptors at the top of many home buyers' checklists when shopping for a new residence.

According to a study conducted by industry research firm McGraw Hill Construction, green housing accounts for roughly 20 percent of all new residential buildings across the country. Even during the Great Recession, the industry for energy-efficient housing was worth roughly $25 billion in the United States, and analysts indicate that this figure will only grow as green goes mainstream.

"The green building market has evolved beyond the crunchy-granola, Boulder types," David Johnston, a Colorado consultant and co-author of "Toward a Zero Energy Home," told the Wall Street Journal in a story on this more-popular-than-ever kind of residence. "We have mainstream builders doing this."

The source reported that here in the Mid Atlantic, residents are helping to lead the way in lowering utility bills and lessening their dependence on the energy grid. One home profiled in the story looked at a net-zero house in Frederick, Maryland, that costs the residents nothing on electric and water bills at the end of the year thanks to upgrades to their traditional brick house.

To learn more about the latest practices in energy efficiency or to simply repair an electrical system that is weighing heavily on monthly power bills, contact an expert Arlington electrical service like John C. Flood today.