Must Haves When Building a Green HomeFebruary 5, 2019
Are you trying to build a “green home” or, at least, make “green” changes in your home where you can? You are not alone. According to research conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in 2015 nearly one third of home builders (31%) report that they are currently doing green builds for more than 60% of their projects, and over half (51%) expect to be doing that level of green building work by the year 2020. In addition, there is enormous growth in the amount of green home remodeling work to existing homes that is being done. So whether you are starting from scratch or remodeling parts of your home with eco-friendly options, what are the must haves that you will want to consider?
Here are a few of the suggestions from contractors and environmentalists alike, who believe that reducing your carbon footprint begins at home.
- Go Solar – One the cleanest, renewable, and fairly low-cost energy choices for homeowners is the addition of solar energy panels. Many homeowners are drawn not only by the positive benefits to the environment but also by the access to easy installments, the decrease in cost of solar products/installation, and the tax incentives at the state and federal levels. Going solar can be a huge step in “greening” your home for decades to come.
- Choose Sustainable Materials – The materials you choose to build or remodel your home are important, especially for those trying to choose the best option for the environment. Choosing sustainable building materials can reduce the impact of your construction on the environment. When deciding on wood or materials for the frame and floors of your home, consider bamboo, cork, and linoleum, which is made of natural, renewable materials. Reclaimed wood from other structures is also a good choice and allows for recycling or upcycling.
- Water Conservation – Conserving water should be a top priority when building or remodeling a home. Consider fixtures and appliances that conserve water, such as low flow faucet aerators, tankless water heaters, and Energy Star-rated washers. In addition to conserving water indoors, a green home will take water consumption into account when designing landscaping. Ground covering and bushes can be chosen that can help retain moisture and reduce the need for watering. Irrigation using rain barrels and collected water is also top on the list of water conservation techniques.
- Windows – Yes, there are even Energy Star windows on the market now that allow for costs of heating and cooling to drop.
- Install Technology to Help – Many homeowners are shifting to programmable technology that can help control the temperature, energy usage, and even appliances in their homes. Talk to your contractor about how you can save by using programmable technology in your green home.
If you are considering greening your home, talk to one of our solar experts who can tell you how our solar energy panels can help you in your goal of reducing your carbon footprint. Contact SunPower by BlueSel today at 781-281-8130, or visit our website today.