If you are building a new home, be sure to include “green” features and upgrades. Remaining conscientious about the energy efficiency and ecological impact of your new dwelling will help both the environment and your future expenses. A few simple adjustments can go a long way toward sustainable and economical living. Listed below are some ideas.
Cutting down on energy use will lower your utility bills and lessen your ecological footprint. There are some simple steps you can take to accomplish this goal.
You want the structure of your home to be as air-tight as possible. This will keep the cold or hot air out, meaning less energy will be necessary to heat or air condition your home.
Install Quality Windows
Old or faulty windows are often not as air-tight as they should be. Any extra expense you incur by installing quality, energy efficient windows will be offset by future savings on utility bills.
Use Solar Panels
By installing solar panels, you allow your home to essentially create its own energy. This will substantially diminish your carbon footprint and save on electricity or natural gas.
Conserve and Protect Water
Water is perhaps Earth’s most precious resource, and by taking these steps to build conscientiously you can help preserve it.
Install a Rainwater System
While it is not advisable to drink rainwater, you can still use nature’s bounty for a number of other purposes, from filling toilets to watering plants. A relatively simple system will allow you to harvest and store rainwater for whatever use you deem fit.
Think About Waste
To lessen the environmental impact of your home, install a green, efficient wastewater treatment system. This can ensure that you are not doing any damage to the ecosystem around your home.
Think Sustainability in Construction
Be sure that the actual materials used to build your home are as green as possible by following these guidelines.
Use Sustainable Materials
To cut down on the environmental impact of the construction of your new home, only use environmentally-friendly materials, like reclaimed lumber or recycled glass.
Try to buy materials that come from the area. That way, you cut down on the emissions created from transporting lumber or stone from far away.
Building a new home is always exciting, but by going green in your construction you can augment that exhilaration with the knowledge you’re doing right by the planet and your future savings.
Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.