Posted: Nov 2, 2013 8:55 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News
BOZEMAN - Sustainable and green building is a trend that is picking up across the country. Some local residents are learning how to make a new or existing home safer for them as well as the environment.
Cindy Elliott is one participant on the Bozeman Green Home Tour. "It's very exciting to see where we have taken building and elegancy to such a whole new level."
Elliott is learning about green building products that are healthy for homeowners, easy on the environment and will actually save you money.
One such product is a water heater that heats enough water for a three bedroom house, for just $5 a month.
"It's like the time has come that we can combine savings to the products that we choose and our choices," Elliott said.
YesHaus owner Duke Elliott is a green contractor in Bozeman and says more people are building green homes, and for good reason too.
He says, "Who wouldn't want to live in a wonderful, healthy home and save money every month on your utility bill?
One of the homes on the green home tour is special because of its American clay walls, cork floors and recycled glass countertops.
Owner of Refuge Sustainable Building Center, Alexa Calio says going green does not mean you have spend more green.
"I think people are shocked to hear that - $250,000 to $275,000 for a highly energy efficient home which has unique sustainable products as finishes," Calio says.
And you don't have to be building a new home to make the switch.
Cindy Elliott says, "It's not like you have to start fresh and build, though that's the general way in which you can actually bring in all the products. But there's ways that even in the existing homes, that we can improve the quality of the home."