While living in a day and age where our activities could have a long-lasting impact on the environment, it is important to be more conscious and responsible. Building an environmentally friendly or ‘green’ home is one of the best ways to preserve our planet. It does not just have to be the way we live in our homes, but also the way it is constructed that can make a difference.
If you are thinking about constructing a green home, then here are some actionable suggestions for you. You can now build a house that is not only great looking but also responsible to the surroundings. Also, in the long run, you can save a good deal of money with a green home.
How to Build a Green Home
Sustainable material: You can start right at the beginning by choosing eco-friendly materials with which to build your home. Recycled stone, wood, tiles, glass and so on are examples of materials that have minimum impact on the environment when sourced. Even if you do choose fresh wood or stone, make sure that the source uses environmentally responsible means to harvest or quarry the materials.
Green energy: Whether we like it or not, and no matter how careful we are with our consumption, using electricity does hurt the planet. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar power are a lot cleaner and in the long run, cheaper as well. Of course, choosing these sources of energy will depend a lot on the climate you live in. But if you do get a lot of sunshine or wind, then you should consider installing solar panels or wind turbines. The initial investment might be higher than traditional energy, but you will save long-term.
Green windows: Every house needs windows to let the light and breeze in. Unfortunately, windows can also let the heat out and the cold in. Green windows are windows that are sealed well so that they keep the heat in on a chilly day. As long as no heat is escaping, you will use less power to keep the house warm.
Rainwater harvesting: In areas where there is good rainfall, at least during some part of the year, rainwater harvesting is a good green choice. Aside from the very first rain of the season, rainwater is very pure. Rainwater that is harvested can be used for all types of household activities. Think about installing a rainwater harvesting system in your new home.
Ready to build the eco-friendly home of your dreams? Alair Homes Sanibel is here to help. Contact us to discuss your options and learn more about our commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Here’s to doing your part for the earth by building a green home.