City of Green

h-denverThe American Council For An Energy-Efficient Economy released its score card that ranks cities. Chicago has come in at the top ten, ranking 9th overall as one of the greenest cities in the country.

Boston topped the list primarily because of its community-wide efforts and programs, scoring 76.75 out of a possible 100. The city offers free energy assessments and opportunities to receive up to $2000 off insulation and air-sealing work.

The top 20 are the following cities:

1. Boston, Massachusetts
2. Portland, Oregon
3. New York City, New York
4. San Francisco, California
5. Seattle, Washington
6. Austin, Texas
7. Washington, DC
8. Minneapolis, Minnesota
9. Chicago, Illinois
10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11. Denver, Colorado
12. Baltimore, Maryland
13. Houston, Texas
14. Dallas, Texas
15. Phoenix, Arizona
16. Atlanta, Georgia
17. San Antonio, Texas
18. Sacramento, California
19. Columbus, Ohio
20. San Diego, California

You can view the full list by visiting the site.

Portland, New York, San Francisco, and Austin all received a 60 percent score or better. According to the organization, these cities have a history of long-running energy efficiency initiatives as well as broad-ranging efficiency policies and programs in place.

Some popular, but overlook projects can be a feature in helping to sell a home, passing on potential cost savings to new buyers. Added insulation, energy efficient appliances, windows and doors, even types of materials are all marketable assets of your home.

Additionally, an energy audit can help both new and current homeowners determine how energy efficient their home is and where improvements can potentially be made.

A GREEN designated broker can help advise on current information, sustainable methods and materials and best practices and vendors. Look for the GREEN designation, such as the one in my signature below!

Sherwin L. Sucaldito, REALTOR®, GREEN, ABR, CRPM
The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing
Green REsource Council, GREEN
Accredited Buyer’s Representative , ABR
Certified Residential Property Manager, CRPM
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