Building Green Home Tips

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1) Location

When building green, consider a location with good public transportation links, and one that isn’t in an area prone to flooding, earthquakes or hurricanes. And if possible, don’t have your home facing west as this means a more relaxed home due to less sun exposure.

2) Go Smaller

A smaller home is much less expensive to run regarding energy costs, and a drafting company can help you with the perfect smaller house.

3) Energy Efficiency

Save money on energy bills by buying appliances that have the energy label and designation.

4) Good Insulation

You can lower your energy bills and help the environment by ensuring good insulation in your home, including preventing air leaking from around windows, doors, and ductwork.

5) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycled glass, tile, plastic, and other materials can all be used to build a greener home, as well as for furniture.

6) Sustainable Building Materials

Reclaimed or recycled building materials such as plastic, linoleum, and cork can also help you in your goal of going green.

7) Solar Panels

Lower your energy bills and perhaps receive an incentive or tax break by installing solar panels.

8) Energy Star Windows

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Save more energy by installing energy windows; look for a lower rating to save the maximum amount.

9) Collecting Rainwater

A rainwater collection and harvesting system allows you to use that rain for other purposes, and a tankless heating system allows you to heat that water quickly while saving energy. Using geothermal energy from the earth can help further.

10) Eco-Friendly Lighting

Save money on lighting costs with either LED or CFL bulbs, which will last a lot longer than traditional bulbs despite the higher upfront costs.

11) Conserve Water

Save money and water by installing low flow toilets, showers, and faucets.

12) Programmable Thermostat

A drafting company can also help you to incorporate a programmable thermostat in your green home, and you can save further by adjusting the temperature by just one degree in summer and winter.

13) HVAC System

Buy energy rated HVAC system to save energy and lower those bills.

14) Efficient Landscaping

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Shady and strategic landscaping of shrubs and trees can block direct sunlight in summer and let in more light in the winter months.

There are plenty of other ways to go green and save money at the same time.