Your home is where you spend most of your time, so if you’re building a new one, make sure to incorporate these “green” and energy-saving features for a more sustainable home!
Growing your own food, recycling and reusing whenever possible, reducing waste, and driving a more fuel-efficient car are all great ways to live more sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint. However, when it comes right down to it, most of your time is probably spent indoors, so it makes sense that your home and your workplace should be the first place that you look at when seeking ways to lower your environmental impact.
As this article from Elephant Journal explains, building sustainable living spaces should take top priority – not just for individual home owners, but also for communities.
When building a sustainable home for yourself, you will want to consider your choice of materials. Look into eco-friendly choices such as straw bales for the foundation, reclaimed or recycled materials for the roof and walls, efficient insulation materials, and of course passive solar design elements.
Along with these external aspects, there are lots of additional things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Here are 9 ways to make your new home more sustainable:
- Solar power, wind power, or microhydro can be implemented to cut electricity costs.
- A rainwater collection system offers a natural water resource solution.
- When decorating, low toxicity paints and floor finishes are best.
- A grey water treatment system or diversion pipeline to an outdoor garden is great for outdoor water recycling.
- Appropriate sizing of rooms cuts energy use and contributes to the tiny home movement.
- For cooling, install ceiling fans.
- For heating, consider a fireplace.
- Choose energy-efficient appliances, especially when buying dishwashers, fridges and stoves, which have a high impact.
- Remember to use LED lighting throughout the house.