Correlating with the looming threat of climate change, the recent trend of shifting to a more sustainable lifestyle, has become a part of modern culture. Sustainable energy, cars and homes are starting to populate in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. Investing in an environmentally friendly home is a great first step toward a more sustainable lifestyle.
There are many parts of the home that have an impact on the environment. While no small shift in your day-to-day life will drastically change the environment, every step taken works toward a better future for the planet. There are a few ways you can go about creating an eco-friendly lifestyle while building a home or updating the one you already have. The goal is to create or update structures and appliances within the home to not only increase safety but to increase efficiencies and be environmentally conscious.
Durability is an element that can be influential in both the construction of a new home or revamping your current home. Investing in higher quality and more durable products can reduce the amount of waste you create while living in your home. If products or building materials break or are easily damaged they build up the disposable waste impact you have on the environment. Along with building materials, purchasing durable appliances that last a long time helps reduce your waste output. The more durable the materials and appliance you use, the longer they will last and the less you will have to push waste into the environment. If you no longer need an appliance, a good way to continue the lifecycle of the appliance and reduce waste is through donation.
Building a sustainable home from scratch gives you a multitude of eco-friendly avenues to go down. One of the most important aspects of building a new home is the sustainability of the products and building materials you use to construct the home. Some good production elements to focus on are:
Naturally sourced materials: Ensure they are from renewable energy sources that are created or harvested under strict conditions
Eco-friendly products: Along with building materials, it is important to think about the sourcing of goods like paint, wood preservers and other decorative items.
Recycled materials: With the sustainability trend being so popular, recyclable materials to build your home are becoming more available. For example, floorboards, tiles and bricks can all be reused or crafted out of recycled materials. These can also serve as great statement pieces within your new home or remodel.
Natural Light Systems
Everyone loves a little bit of sunshine and what better way to enjoy it than incorporating natural light indoors. Opening your window shades, adding a skylight or lightwell, or simply installing more windows in your new home can provide you with a natural form of light that saves both the planet and your wallet.
While insulating a home can seem like a trivial part of the construction process, it can make a huge impact on the sustainability of your home. With proper insulation, your home can maintain its temperature without losing heat or air conditioning to the outdoors. Insulation adds a protective barrier between your home’s cooling / heating systems and the outside. If the insulation is improperly installed you risk losing the hot and cold air your systems are trying to create. As a result, you may see higher energy bills.
When it comes to being environmentally friendly, energy sources are typically top of mind. In a home, the best way to increase your sustainability efforts is to use electric energy to reduce your need for gas. Homes that run on gas require a lot more energy to power them, are more detrimental to the environment in the long term, and will cost you more money. Solar power is another great way to reduce environmental impact. Solar panels charge with exposure to the sun and can power a variety of things in your home.
Lowering the amount of excess water within a home is a great way to make it more eco-friendly. Investing in appliances that have a lower water usage helps conserve water. For example, low-flow toilets help reduce the amount of water allocated with each flush. Outside the home, you can design your landscape ensuring it requires a low amount of watering and, you can even install a water tank to recycle rainwater to water plants you do have! The conservation of water is a key component in an eco-friendly home and should be something to consider when building or updating a home.
If you’re considering becoming an eco-friendly homeowner these are some great places to start on your path to conservation. There are so many ways to positively influence the environment by the way your home is built and run.
At Holland Homes, we pride ourselves on the detail-oriented craftsmanship we put into our homes. If you’re interested in making a positive impact on the environment and living in a professional, high-quality constructed home contact us at 334-332-7157.