Building A More Environmentally Conscious Home: 5 Tips To Get You Started

DATE: Apr, 4   COMMENTS: 0   AUTHOR: Allan Azarola

There are many reasons why it is beneficial to build an environmentally sound home, but the largest benefit is peace of mind. Knowing that your mark on this Earth is less damaging because your home is far more efficient than most will calm your mind for many years to come.

An environmentally conscious home will also ease the burden on your wallet, and we are all aware that owning a home is never an inexpensive endeavor. You’ll need all the money you can get to make your home the most comfortable spot on the block.

If you’re not sure where to begin, check out a brief look into the land of “green.” Here are a few ways you can build a more environmentally sound home, and reduce your carbon footprint on the planet.

Go green in the kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most popular spots in any home, and as such, it is one of the most energy draining spots as well. Make your kitchen more efficient by installing Energy Star, energy efficient appliances.

Another way to make your kitchen more friendly to the planet is to start a composting collection. The scraps could be used to fertilize and grow more food. The kitchen composting crocks could also be of great use in your garden.

Minimize your power and water usage

The energy and water consumption of your house is your most significant concern when attempting to build an environmentally sound home. The good news is that it is very easy to reduce the need for these valuable resources.

If your home has an office or a workout room, you’ll need to be conscious of the electronic devices being used. Instead of unplugging, upgrade to an energy efficient power strip, and you can explore new ways to workout at with a new peace of mind.

Also, invest in a low-flow toilet, and an energy efficient water heater. Advancements in technology have allowed for the design of these two home staples to be more efficient and less expensive than they were only five years ago, making them more affordable for the middle class home builders.

Insulation is a big deal

The type of insulation you choose to install in your new home makes a big difference in the amount of energy your home will consume while heating and cooling the space. Standard insulation will do the trick, but foam insulation is far superior.

Plant a tree instead

Not only will planting a tree help the environment in obvious ways, it will provide shade in the summer from the intense heat of the day. You may not think that the shade of a tree will make much of a difference, but you would be surprised. Plant a tree, and test the theory!

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