"Going Green" is a term that has migrated in recent years from sub-culture or pop-culture status to mainstream thought and practice. The Obama Campaign made "going green" a major component during their run for the Presidency. President Obama has announced "going green" as a major policy priority for his administration.
A significant number of people have made a huge effort to be more environmentally conscious in every area of their lives. They ride their bikes to work, they invest in hybrid automobiles, they recycle – the list of going-green-strategies is almost endless. It can also be very expensive – and very complex.
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
Here's a simple strategy to help preserve the environment: Sell your house and build or buy in a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), like Vintage Township in Lubbock, TX or Norton Commons in Louisville, KY. TND's are a relatively new concept combining classic home architecture in a nostalgic neighborhood setting. These developments hearken back to images of Norman Rockwell and Frank Cappra's idyllic Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life".
What does all this have to do with "Going Green?" Think about it. A home in a TND can provide a quiet and comfortable refuge from the usual hustle and bustle of life. It's a place that makes you want to stay and rest and enjoy … and NOT want to drive anywhere (and burn all that fossil fuel).
In most TND homes you'll find floor plans that include a basement / home theater option. If you buy or build a home with an optional extra room for a home theater you never need to go out to catch a movie or watch the big ball game. Traditional Neighborhood Developments also provide picturesque parks and play areas. Lubbock's Vintage Township offers a Corner Market, a community pool, and a Town Hall – all within walking distance of homes in the development. Talk about reducing your carbon footprint!
Go Green by Going Home
If you are in the market for a house and are striving to be environmentally conscious, you would do well to take a close look at a Traditional Neighborhood Development. TND's are popping up in communities all over the country. There might be one within easy driving distance of where you live.
If you're in an area where there is not yet a Traditional Neighborhood Development, you might seriously consider doing some research and see if relocating is a feasible option for you and your family – yes, TND's are that special. Whether you're looking to buy an existing home or are ready to build your dream home, you might find exactly what you're looking for in a Traditional Neighborhood Development.
Going green in a TND might be the best decision you've ever made for your family.