As we become more environmentally conscious, eco-friendly construction has become one of the most popular trends in the industry, saving both the environment and the pockets of homeowners. Green construction can, however, seem like a daunting prospect for many homeowners, especially considering the huge number of options and the different methods which can be utilized. The following tips will help you create your eco-friendly dream house without breaking the bank.
Reduce your Footprint
The size of your new home will have a great impact on how eco-friendly it can be. A smaller build will require fewer building materials, reflecting in both the cost to your finances and the cost to the environment. A smaller home will also mean that you will be able to heat and cool your home more cost-effectively, giving your HVAC system less work to do and ultimately lowering your electric bills. Your carbon footprint will also be greatly reduced.
2. Keep your Plumbing Smart
Choosing efficient plumbing fixtures is super important because water usage is such a huge drain on the environment. It is therefore necessary to shop around for water-saving options rather than using standard fixtures.
A few options to consider include low-flow toilets, showerheads and sinks, as well as on-demand water heaters as these will all help to keep your water usage (and bill) low. Since they are also economically priced in comparison to regular models, they are a great choice all-around.
A great idea is to install a water catchment system around your gutters to economize on the cost of landscape watering since the more water required to satisfy your plants, the higher your monthly water bill will be.
3. Your Roofing Materials Matter
An important consideration in improving the energy efficiency of your home is the type of roofing materials you choose. While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest available materials on the market, the wiser course of action is to select materials that will help keep your energy costs low and, if possible, are also sustainably produced.
If this seems like a daunting task, have a chat with your contractor or find a green roof construction professional. They should be able to aid in your selection of roofing materials such as metal roofing, natural wood shingles and recycled asphalt shingles, as these are among the most environmentally friendly and efficient. Ensure that you work within your budget as these types of roofing can be very costly and you don't want to break the bank.
4. Go Solar
The monthly electric bill for the average homeowner is approximately £100, even with the use of energy-efficient appliances.
Solar panels offer a great alternative when integrated into your new home. When the sun is high in the sky the solar panels will trap the heat and use it to generate electricity which can be used to power your appliances. When the sun goes down, you can either use your traditional electricity or utilize battery storage to supply you with the power you need. Either way, solar panels can greatly reduce your energy consumption and energy bill.
5. Find the Right Fixtures
It stands to reason that the more trash generated in your home, the greater your carbon footprint will be. Thus, your fixtures need to last longer to avoid frequent replacement, resulting in a reduction in overcrowded landfills. Even if it means spending a bit more, you should try to purchase the best quality fixtures right from the start, which means large appliances and fixtures will last much longer, landfills will be less overcrowded, and you will ultimately save yourself a heap of money.
Your home should be built to last a lifetime, as should the fixtures and systems within it. Becoming more energy-conscious and building with the environment in mind will save you a lot of headaches, not to mention money, in the long run. Never has your carbon print mattered more, and never have the benefits of eco-friendly construction been greater or more appealing