We are starting to move in a more progressive direction where green homes are becoming mainstream rather than a cool “alternative.” Dodge Data and Analytics partnered with the National Association of Home Builders to conduct research on this movement. They found that in 2015 nearly one-third of home builders reported that they were doing green builds for more than sixty percent of their projects with over half of their study expecting to hit that level of green building by 2020. Along with this, they learned that over eighty percent of home builders expect more than sixteen percent of houses built in 2020 to be green homes. This is incredible data to that shows that as a society, we are pushing towards a more economic friendly lifestyle. Building a green home has its numerous benefits, so here are some tips to help you learn how to build one for yourself.
Plan to go small
It doesn’t matter how many eco-friendly techniques you include in your home, if you build a smaller one it will have less of an environmental impact than if you built a larger home. This does not mean you have to restrict yourself and your wants, just try to keep the space more manageable and cost effective. Imagine looking at the square footage of the home as an investment.
Using Solar Panels
The sun is the ideal source of clean and renewable energy, and by implementing solar power to your build gives you unique benefits that older homes do not have. Location is going to be a key factor in this process because where you build your home and where you place your solar panels will directly affect the type of energy you receive. The use of solar energy may also be very pricey in the beginning, but you tend to save so much more money down the line. Use of solar energy also provides the opportunity for government grants, incentives and tax breaks which are other special advantages.
Use of Eco-Friendly Materials
If you are going to build a greener home, then it should go without saying that using eco-friendly materials is the best way to accomplish your goal. By using more of these supplies, you can lower the environmental impact due to construction. This includes things like flooring materials, insulation, as well as cabinets and counters. A few examples of items that can be used are, recycled plastic and glass, reclaimed lumber or natural products like bamboo which is renewable.
Invest in High-Level Thermostats
Highly programmed thermostats are becoming more common in homes which are great because they can help save a lot of energy use. As you begin to look at the more particular functions of your green home, investing in one of these advanced thermostats can be a tremendous help. The new technology allows them to be programmed to adjust the heat and air based on the time of day, the number of people that are home, etc. This new system decreases energy production, saves you money on your electric bill and creates less wear and tear on the system overall.