3 Ways to Consider the Environment when Building a New Home
By Emma Sturgis
The environment is changing, and not all for the better. It’s important to be aware of what threatens it these days, and what you can do to combat it. Eco-friendly design and techniques are applicable in many fields, not least of all building a new home. If you want your home to be as environmentally safe as possible, check out the three ways to keep it green below.
Use Earth-Friendly Materials
From the foundation to the framing, picking the right materials can go a long way towards cutting costs as well as pollution and waste. Finding eco-friendly options is easier than ever, so consider reclaimed woods, recycled metal, or readily-available stone and bamboo for the house itself. Since this will likely be your first step in planning your home, it can give way to other conscientious options later in the process.
Go Energy Efficient
This may be more of a long-run tip, but fitting your home with efficient and renewable power sources will help make your carbon footprint small. The biggest choice will be deciding how you power your home, from choosing a renewable energy source like solar paneling to how you manage what gets used regularly. It’s also important to consider the appliances inside, so check out devices with ENERGY STAR approval and other energy-conscious machines. Don’t forget the people installing them! Working with green companies like Always Earth Friendly ensures your home gets quality products with great environmental care.
Water will constitute another major part of your home’s energy usage once completed, and there are a number of options for cutting back. Consider collecting rainwater through barrels or drainage systems, as well as installing tanks built only to process as much hot water as you need. You can also choose plumbing fixtures built for low flow to use – and waste – less. You’ll save heating costs at the same time you conserve water.
Going green before the home’s even built can seem like a big commitment, but it isn’t difficult when you take care to find the right options. A lot of environmentally-friendly resources are easy to implement, in fact, once you find them. Building a home is no exception, so explore your options as you plan. You can get the house of your dreams and keep it eco-friendly all the same.