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LEED-certified homes on the rise, offering serious savings on energy bills

Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports contributor

The green home market grows

It seems more buyers can take advantage of the energy savings a LEED home provides. In fact, according to a new report, the number of LEED-certified homes have jumped nearly 20 percent since just two years ago.

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LEED-certified homes see a spike

According to a new report from the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified homes have jumped by 19 percent since 2017. 

The U.S. now has about 400,000 LEED-certified homes, with California leading the way. The state currently has more than 39,000 certified residential units across 46 million square feet.

Texas is second with nearly 25,000 LEED-certified homes, while New York is third, with almost 11,000. Other states in the top 10 include Washington, Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland and Georgia.

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Savings and sustainability

The report shows that LEED-certified homes offer energy savings of between 20 and 30 percent, on average. Some homeowners report savings of up to 60 percent.

But LEED homes do more than just reduce buyers’ energy bills. They can also help reduce their environmental footprint on the whole.

As Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC explains, “It can be difficult to see why prioritizing a green home is important, but the environmental and personal health outcomes are very real. Our own research tells us people understand reducing waste, conserving energy and water, and limiting our carbon footprint are important, but it can feel too daunting. By building and buying green homes, we make those actions easier to do, while also creating a healthier, more sustainable environment for ourselves and future generations.”

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LEED-certified homes also allow Americans to lessen the pollutants they’re exposed to. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pollutants are two to five times more concentrated indoors than outdoors.

“LEED encourages design that maximizes indoor fresh air and uses materials that help reduce exposure to toxins and pollutants connected to asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues,” the report states.

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