When Building or Renovating a Home
A green home can be defined as a house built or renovated to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. by the efficient use of energy, water and building materials. Green Building is both the structural and the process of using environmentally friendly products.
Sustainable, Eco-friendly homes can have many benefits, some of those benefits are:
- They are Environmentally friendly and have less impact on the environment.
- They are stylish – They have a trendy and modern look, naturally wood has very simple lines and beautiful textures and colors
- Saving Money – It may feel like it is costing you more initially but overall you will be saving money.
- Higher resale value – Many home buyers prefer a eco-friendly built home so having energy saving features and green building materials will peak more interest in your home.
- Healthier – Sustainable, eco-friendly materials will improve the quality of your life as well as the environment
Some things to think about when building or renovating your home to make it eco-friendlier are:
- Size of your home – there is no need to build rooms that you don’t need, it results in having to heat space you are not using and using unnecessary electricity.
- Using sustainable materials to build or renovate your home reduces the impact on the environment. When renovating try to reclaim the materials instead of throwing them out or purchase or use recyclable materials such as insulation, recycled glass, recycled steel, plastic and aluminum.
- For flooring consider using bamboo, linoleum or cork which are all made from natural, renewable materials.
- Install Energy Star windows results in reducing the cost of your heating and cooling bills.
- Installing programmable thermostats so you can set your temperature to automatically lower when you are not home.
- You could also go Solar, the sun is the most efficient, clean. low-cost energy producer there is. Adding Solar panels will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Properly insulate your home, heat loss from your home will result higher heating bills.
- Purchase Energy Star Appliances, they use less energy to run and is cost effective.
- You can also install tankless water heaters and dual flush toilets and low flow shower heads and faucets to save money.
- Use LED lighting, they use less energy and they last longer.
- Use Non-Toxic Paint or Recycled Paints – These paints have low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are toxins released into the air after pain is applied.
You may also want to consider Geothermal energy, this might require a bigger upfront cost but in the long run will be a great investment for saving money as it will provide unlimited energy to heat and cool your home for less.
You can also install a rainwater harvesting system, this will collect rain water and store it in a tank which can then be used for sprinkler systems, and even toilets.
Taking some of these steps into consideration when building or renovating you home will have a huge impact on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by cutting what we use in energy to run our homes, it will also provide a cleaner, safer, and healthier home for you and your family.