3 Tips To Get Started On Your Dream Green HomeAugust 11, 2021
Across the nation, America is going green! According to a 2019 study, “77% of people want to learn how to live more sustainably.” Many believe that living more sustainably is the key to a greener, more sustainable future.
If you’re one of these people, you may have dreams about building your very own dream green home. Now, this may seem like a daunting task, but there are simple steps that you can take overtime to accomplish this feat. Not only does sustainable living help the environment, but it can also save you money over time.
In today’s blog, let’s take a look at the steps you can take to build your dream home. These tips can be applied to your current location, or if you’re looking to move onto a newer residence.
1. Install Green Technologies In Your Home
One of the most basic and least expensive, yet helpful ways to start your journey to a greener home is to invest in green or power-saving technologies. Green technology has come a long way since its early beginnings, and these intelligent devices aren’t only great for the environment and your utility bill but can also be pretty neat for tech enthusiasts.
Our top green tech recommendations are as follows:
Use Smart Thermostats
Remember when you were a child and your parents scolded you for even thinking about touching the thermostat? Well, there’s a reason for that.
Controlling your home’s internal temperature can be expensive if not managed correctly. Likewise, leaving the heat or air conditioning on for extended periods, especially when you and your family are at work or school, is wasteful and costly.
Smart thermostats give you more control over how and when you use energy to heat or cool your home. Via intelligent programming, smart thermostats allow you to set temperatures at predetermined times — even controlling your home’s climate while away from home.
This means that you’ll be able to use energy efficiently and only when needed, including turning on the heat or AC during your drive home from work. This way, you’ll come back to the perfect temperature-controlled environment without wasting energy (and money!). It’s a win-win!
Smart thermostats also usually connect with your at-home smart assistants, such as Alexa and Google Home, giving you even more control and convenient accessibility.
Install Motion-Sensor Lights
Ever walk into a room and the lights just sort of… come on. It’s pretty cool. Motion sensing lights have become a staple in restaurants and commercial locations, but did you know that you can install them within your home?
By installing motion-sensitive lights, you’ll never forget to shut the lights off and you’ll only use your home’s lighting when you are actually, you know, in the room.
While you certainly do not have to install these lights into every corner of your home, they can be particularly useful in areas that typically see quick activity, such as bathrooms, pantries, and closets.
Purchase Energy Star Products
When searching for a new appliance, such as refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, electronics, etc., you definitely want to be on the lookout for the energy star symbol.
According to the Energy Star government website, “ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions.”
Products awarded the Energy Star rating represent brands that have partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to provide consumers products dedicated to sustainability.
By supporting these products, you are bringing energy-efficient appliances and technologies into your home and “voting with your dollar,” enticing brands to continue creating sustainable products.
While there are many more examples of sustainable technology and techniques to use within your home, these are a great starting point. Next, let’s explore some more investive options when it comes to building your dream green home.
2. Invest In Solar Panels
Making the decision to install a residential solar system into your home’s energy ecosystem is one of the best ways to build your green home.
Financial Benefits of Solar Panels
With lucrative state and federal tax credits and solar incentives, net metering, flexible financing options, and comprehensive warranties, it’s now easier than ever to have solar panels installed onto your roof or property.
One of the many primary benefits solar energy systems provide you with more control over your home’s energy usage and utility bill.
Solar panels can also potentially greatly reduce your monthly electricity bill. The less power that you take from your local grid, the less money you’ll be charged on your monthly bill.
Solar Can Potentially Power Your Entire House
One of the most frequent questions that we’re asked is if solar can power your entire house. And, to answer that question, yes! Solar can indeed power a whole home, but it does depend on several factors.
One of the most important factors to consider is how many solar panels need to be installed on your roof or property. Once you consult with a quality solar panel installation company, they can work with you to inspect your roof and install the proper amount of panels to meet your energy needs.
Now, there are even a few more factors to consider, such as your roof’s angle and hours of direct sunlight. You will also want to decide if a solar battery storage system is suitable for your home. But yes, solar can indeed power your entire house, supporting your dream of a green home.
3. Add Solar Battery Storage To Your Solar System
Advancements in energy storage, especially solar battery energy storage, puts even more energy control into your hands. When building your dream green home, battery storage is certainly a step that you will want to consider.
Storing Solar Energy
What does it mean to store solar energy? Without solar energy storage, excess energy produced by your panels is potentially transferred back into the grid and, depending on local regulations, exchanged for monthly billing credits.
With solar battery storage, some of that energy is potentially transferred to your home storage, rather than immediately sent back to the grid. This energy can be used during hours without direct sunlight or during short-term power outages, possibly used to power essentials when the grid goes down.
Monitor Your Energy Usage
Most of today’s solar battery storage systems come equipped with smart tracking software. This software allows you to carefully monitor your home’s energy usage alongside how often your home taps into energy storage.
By keeping a watchful eye on your energy usage, you can make necessary adjustments and tweaks to your household’s energy-draining activities.
Consult With Professional Solar Installers
Building your dream green home isn’t an easy task, but it can be achieved through time, research, proper planning, and budgeting. You will also want to consider consulting a solar installation company when it comes to installing solar panels and solar battery storage systems.
Together, you and your local solar professionals can strategize the best way to craft the green home of your dreams, meeting your home’s energy needs and staying within your budget.