Building a Green HomeJune 1, 2018
Green homes, or homes that are eco-friendly, have come a long way in the last few decades. What was once considered an alternative lifestyle is now considered mainstream, whether the homeowner is building a new home or renovating an existing structure. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, a third of home builders are doing green projects and that number is expected to rise to 50% by 2020. When deciding on features in a home, more and more homeowners are “going green”. Let’s take a closer look at some of the choices you can make that will reduce your home’s negative impact on the planet and take a step in the “green” direction.
- Solar Energy Systems – Solar Energy Systems, like the system offered by SunPower by BlueSel, produce renewable, sustainable, and clean energy, unlike the alternatives. What’s better is that not only does solar help the environment, but your wallet as well.
- Programmable Thermostats – Installing a programmable thermostat can save energy, cut your utility bill, and green your home substantially. These type of thermostats can easily be set to heat and cool at the right level for your family’s lifestyle.
- Low-Flow Water Fixtures – One of the largest wastes in most homes is excessive water use, whether it is flushing the toilet, washing clothes, running the dishwasher, or leaving on the faucet in the sink. By using a low flow fixture, this water use can be dramatically reduced.
- ENERGY STAR Appliances – Using energy-efficient appliances for washing and drying clothes or heating your home can be an excellent way to green your home. Appliances can earn the label ENERGY STAR by meeting the criteria list set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Lighting Options – LED and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) offer incredible energy and cost savings over regular incandescent bulbs. This is a quick and easy step that practically any and all homeowners can take advantage of.
- Energy Efficient Windows – If your windows are leaking, air you may want to consider energy efficient windows to keep in the cool air during the summer and keep out the cold during the winter.
- Sustainable Building Materials – Whether building new or renovating old, using sustainable building materials can be a big step in making your home truly green. Beautiful flooring and countertop options can be chosen with Mother Nature in mind. Reclaimed or recycled wood is always a good choice.
If you are trying to create a green home, consider SunPower by BlueSel for your solar energy system. We can give you a comprehensive evaluation and let you know if your home is a good candidate for solar. Call SunPower by BlueSel at 781-281-8130 or visit our website.