These days, green is in. And no trend is as important as being environmentally conscious. However, being eco-friendly isn’t just about keeping with the trends. It should be a way of life. Building a house is an investment. You want to make sure your investment is energy-efficient and environmentally sound.
Contrary to popular notion, eco-friendliness doesn’t equate to expensive materials. You can use sustainable, environmentally-friendly materials to build a home without the eye-watering costs. In today’s post, we are listing down tips on how to build an eco-friendly home:
Investing on Quality Windows and Doors
Poorly sealed homes waste more energy. When air flows in and out of the home, cooling or heating systems work harder to regulate the temperature. This leads to higher electric bill. We recommend investing in quality doors and windows. Initially, high-quality doors and windows seem pricier than regular products. But these products will save you more money in the future.
These products effectively seal any room so the temperature remains constant. This translate to energy-efficiency and lower electric bill.
Efficient Vent System and Insulation
Did you know 20% of the air within your home flows through the vents? And most times, hot and cold air leaks out from the duct system due to holes and poor connections. This translates to higher electric bill too. That’s why it’s just as important to create a highly efficient duct system. The same thing can be said for insulation. You want to use high-quality insulation to minimize energy wastage.
An efficient duct system coupled by high-quality insulation helps maximize the energy used in your home.
Fixing Leaky Faucets and Pipes
You might not think about it now, but clean, drinking water is scarce in some regions. And our planet’s supply of freshwater is dwindling every day. Leaky pipes and faulty faucets waste a lot of water. An average house wastes about 10,000 gallons of water per year. Just fixing your leaky pipes and faulty faucets could save 10% of your water bill. Cutting back on water consumption in any way you can helps conserve water as well.
For instance, instead of a regular toilet, have a dual toilet installed in your bathroom. This toilet has two flush options, one for liquid waste, and one for solid waste. The liquid waste option uses only 0.8 gallons of water per flush while the solid waste option uses 1.6 gallons per flush. Using a dual flush toilet will save your household 80% on water consumption.
Efficient Lighting Solutions
Using CFL lighting solutions consume 75% less energy than incandescent lights. Even better, CFL lighting lasts 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The former is also affordable! If you want to take it a step further, we recommend using LED lighting. LED bulbs are even more energy efficient than CFL bulbs.
During the day, don’t open the lights. Use natural light instead. Consider adding a skylight design in certain areas of the home to save energy during the day.
Using Eco-Friendly Materials
From rubber roofing to carpets, there are so many eco-friendly options to choose from. Some building materials are made from recycled wood, others are constructed from plastic bottles. Educate yourself about these products before planning your dream home.