5 Tips for Building an Eco-Friendly Home
October 23, 2017
If you wonder why you should bother building an eco-friendly home, the answer is right outside your window: natural phenomena associated with climate change are more and more frequent, and they will most likely increase in both strength and duration. We all need to contribute to a sustainable environment, and one of the most rewarding solutions is employing these tips and designing green Dallas townhomes:
Choose the Right Location
When you think about buying or building a house, start with the location. It should not be prone to earthquakes or flooding, but it should have the right amount of sun exposure so that you can install solar panels. They should provide clean and renewable energy thus helping you reduce the carbon footprint of the house. Moreover, they are a good investment because you can feed the energy surplus into the grid.
Build with Insulation and Energy Efficient Materials and Equipment
If your walls aren’t properly insulated, part of the heating or cooling goes to waste. Thus, you’ll be spending more money and using more energy. Use recycled or natural materials for insulation and remember that the walls need to breathe to maintain good air quality inside the house.
Energy efficiency is critical when building eco-friendly Dallas townhomes. Look for the Energy Star sign when you choose appliances or windows. The lower the rating, the more efficient the product is.
Use Recycled or Renewable Materials
Here’s a tip that will allow you to kill two birds with one stone. You reduce your costs, because these building materials are less expensive, and you also protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste.
Some of the objects that you can recover from old buildings include glass, lumber and wooden floors, brick, and tiles. Some recycled materials also include plastic or tires that you can use for building walls or aluminum.
Bamboo, cork or linoleum are some of the natural products you can choose for your interior decorations.
Conserve and Reuse Water
There are several ways you can do that, but the easiest is to install low flow toilets and showerheads. By taking this small step, a family of four can save more than 40,000 gallons of water a year.
Also, consider using a greywater system that can reuse water from the kitchen, shower and washing machine to either flush the toilets or water the garden. That way you won’t be wasting drinking water that takes a long time to process.
When collecting greywater, make sure that it’s not contaminated with human waste or harsh chemicals. Using eco-friendly soaps, detergents, and cleaning substances is always a good idea, but it’s essential if you decide to reuse water.
Use Technology and Automation
Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean that you won’t be using technology; on the contrary, it can be beneficial to regulate some of the processes inside the house. While over 40% of household energy consumption is attributed to heating and cooling, these systems are also the easiest to automate. Keep in mind that you can save a lot of energy by lowering the inside temperature in winter and increasing it in summer by only one degree.
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