If you’re building a brand-new home from the ground up, it’s important to note that ensuring it is eco-friendly can mean anything from the building’s foundations to the electronics installed. Installing helical piles instead of concrete as your building’s foundations is the first step to building a home that is not only better for the environment, but also better for your bank account.
Make sure that the doors and windows are superior quality, otherwise your heating system (and your air conditioning, if you have it) will have to work harder to keep your property a comfortable temperature. This will increase your overall utility bills and is simply bad for the environment. Your windows should be double glazed and be sealed sufficiently. Insulation is also important when it comes to heating and cooling your home, as poor insulation allows for easier exchange of heat. Excellent quality insulation will last for years, so choose wisely.
When it comes to the lighting in your home, opt for LED bulbs as these use significantly less energy than their traditional alternatives. They also tend to last longer, so although they are slightly more expensive, they will be worth it in the long run. You should also try and consider how you can use natural lighting to your advantage. The great thing about building a house from scratch is that, in the planning stages, you can put things wherever you want and make useful suggestions. This means you can be a bit pickier about where your windows will go.
There are lots of things you can install in your home that are made from recycled material, which makes for an eco-friendly property. For instance, you could install carpets that are made from recycled plastic bottles, or composite decking in the garden that is manufactured using recycled paper and wood waste. Even your roofing tiles can be made from recycled materials.
As you can see, there are lots of options when it comes to building an eco-friendly home. These ideas merely scratch the surface. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your ideas and consult a professional for more information.