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Making Your House Green with These Eco-Friendly House Ideas

>> Nov 1, 2017



Building a new home can be expensive enough, so it is wise to invest in materials and design choices that will continue to minimise costs throughout the life of your home. It is also the responsible, environmental friendly choice.

Another thing to remember is that a house should function as an integrated system, where each area functions with respect to all the others. This will not only make for a more energy efficient home, but more comfortable as well.

Most of these alternatives have been around for some time already, though in more recent years there has been a stronger push to integrate as many eco-friendly aspects of design together into a functioning and dynamic whole.

Here are some of the primary design factors to consider when building for sustainability.

Doors and Windows

Poor sealing on windows and doors will often be the primary source of unnecessary temperature leaks. Opt for a heavier door and maintain the weather stripping around the perimeter of every door, paying attention to the most frequented entrances and exits. Periodically replacing the seals around the doors will ensure your energy costs remain low.

Regarding windows, look for EnergyStar certification. Energy savings will range from several to many hundreds of dollars each year, depending on the size of the house. Choosing quality windows instead of single pane alternatives is a decisive step towards a more eco conscious home.
Ducts
For those that live in environments that place greater demands on the heating and cooling system, an efficient duct system in crucial. Without a well constructed duct system, a significant amount of the warm or cool air will be lost along the way, causing unnecessary surges in energy consumption.

The system should be well sealed and the filters kept clean. Switch out dirty filters when possible to maximize airflow and keep the duct-ways free from accumulations of dust and dirt.

Insulation 

Once the commitment has been made to keep the duct system clean and minimise temperature leaks with proper seals, it makes no sense whatsoever to ignore the insulation. Poor insulation is another common vector for energy waste and choosing one that will continue to perform well over time will continue to keep energy costs low for years to come.

It is no fun to replace, and anyone you hire to do so for you will charge accordingly. Even with the expenses involved in building a house, it would be ill-advised to try to save money on inferior insulation. It will save much more in the long run if you opt for quality insulation in favour of a cheaper alternative. Poorly made insulation also is likely to have a more negative environmental impact when it inevitably does need to be ripped out and replaced. Environmentally friendly insulation these days is generally no less effective and no more expensive than other less green options.

Kitchen and Bathrooms

You may consider choosing LPG, natural gas as energy source over electricity, as in many regions, LPG is the most efficient fuel for cooking. The gas-based fuels are stored in tanks or compact gas cylinders that can be installed above and below ground. These units are produced in various forms to suit a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications.

It may not seem like an obvious factor in the cost of keeping up your home, but the quality of the fixtures you select can ultimately have a significant effect on the level of water consumption in your home. The EPA has reported that leaks can account for as much a tenth of the average water bill.

The water heater can also cause unnecessary water use. Reducing the time spent running the faucets while waiting for the hot water is an easy way to cut both water and energy bills.

Another increasingly popular adaptation to conserve water are dual-flush toilets. Low flow toilets may be fine for liquid waste, but the extra flushes often needed to effectively dispose of solid waste can cancel out what water is being saved. It is not unusual to see toilet water use be very nearly cut in half for households which have opted for toilets capable of mediating the amount of water used when flushing.

Lighting

Lighting is another fairly straightforward element when it comes to streamlining your home’s overall energy consumption. EnergyStar certified bulbs require 75% less energy to produce comparable levels of illumination to conventional bulbs. They also usually last around 25 times longer. According to EnergyStar, the typical savings over the lifetime of a single certified bulb can easily exceed one hundred dollars.

Additionally, identifying and making use of the available natural light will further reduce lighting costs, as well as give an area an open and relaxing feel. Skylights are a popular and low-cost option for bringing in natural light when considering home designs.

Recycled Materials

Whenever possible, choosing recycled materials in home construction and design will not only save money, but is in perfect harmony with the spirit of your eco friendly home. There is no better way to infuse the structure of a house with materials which not only minimised environmental impact but have been tested and proven to be up the task of providing and strong and durable foundations for your home.

Finishing touches, such as sustainable flooring can add that final layer and be and ever present reminder that your home is complete. Whether you prefer the most environmentally friendly flooring options or simply need that last layer of comfort, the decision will be one you see every day and should be a pleasant reminder of what you have accomplished for yourself, your family and the environment.

Conclusion

After reviewing these aspects environmentally friendly design, it is easy to see how most of these energy saving principles can overlap and reinforce one another. Sustainable designs tend towards integration. Being open to the process and allowing it to flow forth from itself will not only be more fun but will yield more satisfying results.
 

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