In some parts of the country, energy efficient and eco-friendly homes are easier to find. The real estate brokerage Redfin recently ranked cities that have the greenest homes, basing its rankings on the number of homes for sale that boast green features—such as solar panels, LEED certification, and Energy Star appliances—as well as taking into account each city’s carbon-dioxide emissions ranking.
“The residents of these cities are reducing their environmental footprint and saving money at the same time” by lowering their monthly utility bills, says Julie Jacobson, a real estate agent with Redfin.
The following cities emerged on the top of the brokerage’s list for greenest cities for homes:
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
- Sacramento, Calif.
- Portland, Ore.
- Los Angeles
Source: “10 Cities With the Greenest Homes,” AOL Real Estate (April 19, 2013)
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