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Top 10 Cities with the Greenest Homes
ECOHOME / April 18, 2013
New ranking analyzed carbon dioxide emissions and number of green homes on the market
San Francisco and Washington, D.C., top real estate broker Redfin’s ranking of the country’s top 10 cities with the greenest homes. The newly released analysis looked at each city’s overall carbon dioxide emissions and the number of homes currently for sale that have green features or eco-friendly ratings.
Sustainable features included solar panels, low-flow faucets, dual-pane windows, Energy Star-labeled appliances, LEED certification, and new construction by green builders. Below, Redfin supplies information about each top-10 city’s green initiatives:
San Francisco. In addition to having the lowest carbon dioxide emission rate per capita, San Francisco has a large number of homes for sale with eco-friendly features. One incentive for locals to go green may be Pacific Gas & Electric’s rebates, which offer up to $4,000 for home energy upgrades including insulation and air duct sealing.
Washington D.C. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington D.C. has the most LEED-certified space, which likely contributes to the city’s low carbon dioxide emission rates. In addition, the district offers a number of rebates and tax credits for residential energy efficiency, which may help explain the high number of homes for sale with eco-friendly features.