Finding a Greener Home
In the next year, I want to move to a home closer to the children's schools. We will have one senior in high school, a sophmore and an eighth grader. My elderly mother also lives with us--so the home needs to be accessible--at the very least having one first floor bedroom and very few steps to the entrance.
The idea behind moving to a home closer to the children's schools is to reduce the need for driving, (currently it is a half hour drive to and from the children's schools and that can make for multiple trips if there are after school activities) which is our biggest car usage. We both work from home so our commute to "work" is a few steps. Living closer to their schools would also mean being able to walk to the farmer's market, shopping, dining, and light rail options.
The problem when looking for a home is the housing stock where we seek to live primarily consists of older homes which aren't very energy efficient. If they have been upgraded to be more energy efficient, then the price is out of our price range. Granted, currently we live in a rental that has nothing in the way of energy efficiency.
How would you go about finding a greener home without building from scratch? How do you stay in your budget and make a greener living choice? Considering one child heads to college in just over a year, would you choose a house without that extra bedroom?