Sustainability is a topic of growing concern for many Americans as the value of renewable energy sources becomes evident. For most of us this means making the most of the resources we have and reducing our waste. As stewards over the earth, humanity is collectively responsible for using the land and its resources wisely. Despite efforts toward solar, wind, and other types of green energy usage, most of us still rely on coal, oil, and other fossil fuels in our everyday lives – especially in our homes. Most of us live on the grid, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reduce our footprints by making sustainable choices. There’s usually two options: find an existing home that’s optimized for sustainability, or take steps to improve your home’s ability to function off the grid.
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