In building your new home, or remodeling or adding onto your existing home, you should consider building as eco friendly as possible. There are several ways to build eco friendly homes that are easier on the environment and you should consider incorporating as many aspects of environmentally friendly building practices as possible.
Here are some of the many possible items to consider so that your house can be considered an eco friendly home:
Eco friendly home design. The design of your home can make it easier on the environment. A smaller home size with an efficient layout will require less materials and less energy to heat and cool. The orientation of the house on the site, to take advantage of natural features, or to minimize the number of trees that need to be cleared are all factors that need to be considered when you want to build eco friendly homes.
Use recycled materials. Recycled materials can include lumber, windows, doors, and other items salvaged from houses that have been demolished. Large timbers can be re-sawn into standard lumber sizes to save trees. New construction materials made out of recycled materials (insulation, for example) are easier on the environment.
Energy efficiency. Buying Energy Star approved appliances, installing additional insulation, and converting to fluorescent lighting will all reduce your energy usage. Adding solar collectors, wind power, or other renewable energy sources to your home will decrease your dependence on fossil fuels. Even simple items such as turning off lights when rooms are not in use, or adding a programmable thermostat will decrease your energy usage.
Water efficiency. Installing low-flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets will make a significant reduction in water usage. Buying new dishwashers and washing machines that use new technology to reduce water usage will save you money and save the environment. Irrigating your landscape early or late in the day, or converting some or all of your landscaping to xeriscaping will decrease your watering needs. Collecting rain water for irrigation will reduce your requirement for treated water.
Indoor air quality. Air conditioning and heating systems should be appropriately sized to reduce waste. Using low VOC materials in the construction and finishing of the house are important considerations when you want to make your home more in line with green ethics.
Eco friendly homes involve every aspect of the design and construction process to minimize the impact of the home on the environment. Building an eco friendly home can incorporate one, many, or all aspects of green building. Every little bit helps.