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With rising energy costs throughout the world and domestically, a number of people interested in purchasing residential or commercial buildings have begun to pay more attention to issues of conservation and the environment. However, if you have not paid much attention in the past to going "green", you might not know what to look for when choosing a building that is friendly to the environment and your energy bills. This article will discuss tips to keep in mind when choosing an eco friendly building.

Perhaps the first thing to keep in mind when choosing an eco friendly building is its size, as nearly every other aspect of the building's impact on the environment as well as on your wallet will flow out from the building size. For example, all of your bills, from heating to cooling to plumbing to electricity to gas to water to refuse, will be larger with a larger building than with a smaller one, all things considered. In other words, the larger the building is, the larger the impact it will have on its environment.

Of course, there will be many situations when you simply cannot downsize below a certain point when it comes to building size. You might need a larger space for your family or for your company. You may be prohibited by local zoning laws and ordinances regarding the minimum size of your building. But aside from these restrictions, it will be to your benefit to carefully think about the amount of size you are likely to need. What do you plan to do with the building? What do you have to have space for? What can you afford to do without? Thinking critically about these questions will help you choose a building that is right for you and right for the environment without restricting your opportunities or creating needless spending, waste, and pollution.

Beyond the question of size, you will also want to look into the age of the building. While there are likely to be a range of individual differences, depending on where exactly you are looking for your building, a general rule of thumb you can expect is that the newer the building, the more energy efficient and eco friendly it is likely to be. This is because older buildings are more likely to be built with less efficient wiring, plumbing, and insulation in comparison to buildings made within the last few years.

In fact, if you plan to purchase an older building, it will be a good idea to set aside a considerable amount of money specifically for upgrading the wiring, plumbing, and insulation properties of that building, as they are likely going to cost you significant amounts of money in efficiency losses until you have them replaced. On the other hand, however, older buildings are likely to be less expensive up front than newer ones, so if you can find an older building that is smaller and in good condition, you will be in a position to save the most money while doing good for the environment.
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