With about 13% of the worldwide population living without access to electricity, sustainability is more important than ever.
When it comes to building a home, you might not think to build a sustainable home first. You might be thinking about layout, design, location, and so forth.
However, having a green home is an eco-friendly decision that not only impacts you but the earth and your community. Here are five ways you can contribute to sustainable home design today.
Consider Your Building Materials
The building materials and lumber of your home will make up the bulk of the cost of your home, so you want the materials to be as eco-friendly as sustainable as possible. If you can, try to avoid using materials with Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs which may seep into the air causing health problems.
Using recycled materials to build your home will decrease your carbon footprint. Start by sourcing some local materials like wood, and ensure their sustainability.
Solar panels will drastically reduce the cost of your energy bill. These panels, like the ones from Blue Raven Solar, work to harness energy from the sun and convert it into energy. Using solar panels means you avoid using fossil fuels to power your home.
Generally speaking, people can save up to $10,000-20,000 by having solar panels installed on their homes.
Size and Layout
The size and layout of your home will contribute to your home’s sustainability as well. In general, a smaller home will require less energy usage and materials, so you’ll need to be creative and thoughtful in designing the layout.
Smaller homes are actually more stable. The layout of your home needs to make sense as well so you’re not using excess energy and space. You can work with a designer to help you meet your needs while still thinking about sustainability.
An energy-efficient home is described as a home that uses energy well and not in excess and lowering your energy bills. The majority of a home’s energy usage stems from appliances, HVACs, and water sources.
To make your home energy-efficient, you can use energy-efficient appliances, LED lightbulbs (or use natural light), energy-saving windows, use cold water, and a smart thermostat. With all the possibilities and ways of saving energy, doing just a little is better than none at all.
Find what areas you use the most and commit to keeping them as energy-efficient as possible.
You don’t want to build a home far away from everything: your job, shopping, hospitals, and so forth. This defeats the purpose of sustainability because you’re driving long distances to everything important.
Your location plays a role in building your home as well. You don’t want to be too far from everything and add extra emissions and pollution to the air. Find a happy medium where everything is still convenient.
Build a Sustainable Home Today
When you build a sustainable home you can feel confident that you’re doing your part to preserve the earth and the community. Sustainable homes are the way of the future and they also maintain the future. How can you build your sustainable home today?
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