Living Green Mortgage

Columbia Credit Union’s Living Green MortgageSM can save you up to $1,500 when your home is certified for energy efficiency through LEED, Energy Star or Earth Advantage.

An energy-efficient home can help the planet by saving fossil fuels and other natural resources; it can also save money through lower energy and water bills. Energy-efficient homes may also be healthier and more comfortable than conventional homes and may have a higher resale value.

Talk to a home loan representative to find out how you can get rewarded for your green values with the Living Green Mortgage. For more details contact our Home Lending team at 360.891.4128 or schedule an in-person appointment.

LEED

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) sets the standards for sustainable building practices in the U.S. LEED promotes performance in key areas including: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Learn more at www.usgbc.org

Energy Star

Energy Star is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. You probably recognize the blue Energy Star label, which certifies many energy-efficient appliances. For your home to be certified Energy Star, it must be at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) and include other energy-saving features. Learn more at www.energystar.gov

Earth Advantage

Earth Advantage is a non-profit that works with builders and remodelers to help homeowners create greener homes. Earn Earth Advantage certification by meeting the highest standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resource efficiency and environmental responsibility. Learn more at http://www.earthadvantage.org/