Going green is a win-win situation. By purchasing eco-friendly products and investing in energy-efficient technology, you can reduce your impact on the environment. Plus, in the long run, you will save money and encourage younger generations to care for the earth. So if you’re remodeling your home or building a new house from scratch, take advantage of the green opportunities available in construction these days. To get started, scroll down to learn how to create an eco-friendly house.
How to Create an Eco-Friendly House
Don’t skimp on doors and windows.
Your windows and exterior doors serve an important purpose because they stand between your home’s interior and the great outdoors. Invest in quality windows and doors that are properly sealed and insulated to ensure that air can’t seep through the cracks. If you use cheap windows and doors, your HVAC system will be sent into overdrive trying to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Invest in insulation.
Again, because your walls stand between the interior and the outdoors, they need to be strong to prevent the transfer of heat. To effectively control your home’s temperature for many years to come, invest in quality insulation. Your builder or contractor can help you explore your insulation options.
Build an efficient duct system.
Your duct system moves hot and cold air throughout your home. If this system isn’t properly sealed, the air will be lost through leaks and weak connections. Be sure that your duct system is properly sealed to lower your heating and cooling costs.
Choose a dual-flush toilet and low-flow shower head.
Dual-flush toilets come with two flushing options: one for liquid waste and one for solid waste. Liquid waste requires only about 0.8 gallons of water per flush, but solid waste might require double that, at 1.6 gallons per flush. In choosing #1 or #2, you’ll only use the water that you need, reducing your toilet water consumption. In addition, a low-flow shower head will greatly reduce your water use. A family of four can save 160,000 liters of water annually through this simple purchase.
Shop for recycled, sustainable materials.
Where are your building materials coming from and where will they go after they’ve fulfilled their purpose? Look for recycled products made from materials like reclaimed lumber, recycled glass, or repurposed plastic. Try to find sustainable and biodegradable materials as well to avoid depleting natural resources and filling up landfills.
Choose Energy Star appliances.
Energy Star is a “U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.” When you spot the Energy Star label on appliances, you can be sure that the product is eco-friendly. We also recommend using the Energy Star website for shopping tips. For example, this guide will teach you what to look for when buying a dishwasher.
Purchase a programmable thermostat. In most households, heating and cooling accounts for about 50% of the total energy consumption. To lower this number and reduce your electricity bill, install a programmable thermostat. Then, program this thermostat to reduce your heating/cooling while you’re at work or sleeping.
Would you like to build an eco-friendly home? If you live in southwest Missouri, give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.