More and more people are paying attention to the environment. That’s pleasant news for our planet and for all of us. If we are all eco-friendly, the future of a clean and beautiful earth is more assured. One of the marvellous things about being eco-friendly —apart from enjoying the stronger connection to nature — is that it’ll save you more money.
So, we will share with you some ideas to help you build an eco-friendly home. There will be improvements on the preexisting mechanical and electrical engineering we have in residential home construction.
Think about water conservation
Let’s start with the most important item on the list: Water. When building your eco-friendly home, that’s the perfect time to solve future water problems. You want to plan for leakages and lifestyle changes regarding water consumption.
For example, install a dual-flush toilet. These toilets offer two flushing options. One for solid waste with 1.6 gallons per flush and one for liquid waste that’s half that quantity of water. It’ll save up to 80% on your toilet water use.
Also, install a low-flow shower-head. It saves up to 43,000 gallons of water for a family of 4. Another lifestyle change is not running the tap when you brush or shave.
Light is a major energy consumer in any home. The lighting you choose affects the amount you find on your power bill, which reflects your effect on the environment.
EnergyStar.gov makes this an easy process for you. When shopping for light bulbs, look for those that are certified by EnergyStar. They conserve up to 75% energy and last 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. You’ll save up to $135 on your energy bill over the lifetime of the bulb.
Another way to protect the environment with your home lighting is to consider cases when you don’t need light bulbs at all. An example could be not installing 2 light bulbs where 1 will be sufficient. Or going with a skylight design.
Build with recycled materials
You don’t have to wait till you move in to be eco-friendly with your home. You can start during the building process. Think about where you’re getting your building materials from. Are they repurposed materials or recycled?
Your recycled building materials could be composite decking (from recycled paper and wood), carpets (from recycled plastic bottles), and rubber roofing (from recycled products). There are many more out there.
When you move in, buy recycled. This could range from common household items like toilet paper to electronics like mobile phones.
Insulation is important
Insulation is very important. Poor insulation means your home heats up when the weather is hot and gets chilly when it’s cold outside. This will translate to a greater need for controlling the ambient temperature at home. You want to be comfortable, don’t you?
But that means you will use more energy than you need to, which in turn affects the environment. Invest in durable and long-lasting insulation for your home.
Install quality doors and windows
What do doors and windows have to do with the environment? Would bad doors and windows have the same effect as poor insulation? Yes, you are right. When your doors and windows don’t seal properly, airflow will be a problem. You will need more energy to regulate the temperature indoors. Go for EnergyStar certified windows. A single pane window can save you $126-$465 per year. Talk to a locksmith near me.
Install solar panels
Going the alternative path in your power supply means you’re going to have less impact on the energy grid. One simple way to do this is solar. It is rare to find an “eco-friendly” home without a single solar panel on the roof. Not only will solar panels save you some money, you can make money when you produce enough energy that you can sell some back to the grid.
You can also talk to sustainability consultants. They could provide you with custom ideas and tips to make your unique home designed in a way that best benefits you and the environment.
When constructing a residential home, consider reducing the dent you make on the environment. It’s easier to do this now than ever. It’ll save you money and you’ll be grateful to yourself in the long run.