6 Tips for Building a Green Friendly Home While Saving Money
From mud huts, to industrial era homes, to the modernized homes we have today, home building is becoming more and more advanced. To quote the brilliant Steven Hawking: "For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. Mankind learned to talk and we learned to listen.”
The next stage of human progression is green living. Today we are going to discuss green home building. Here are 6 important tips for green home building that anyone interested in green living (and saving money in the long run) should know!
1. Think Ahead
Failing to plan is planning to fail, and this especially applies to building a green home. Will you be living in the home 10, 20 or 30 years down the road? Do you want to have a family? Will you have children? The size of your home will depend on these factors, so plan accordingly.
2. Bigger Isn’t Better
Green homes are one of the few exceptions to the "bigger is better" rule. The whole idea of green living and green home building is to reduce your environmental footprint. The smaller your footprint, the less you’ll impact the local wildlife and ecosystem. As a bonus, the smaller your home is, the less it will cost to heat and cool it.
3. Optimal Location
To minimize sun exposure, avoid having your home face west. When you build it, the front should always have a southern exposure. This will give you an automatic 10% savings on energy.
4. Go With ENERGY STAR Appliances
These appliances offer superior energy savings without compromising performance. Consider getting a tankless water heater so water won’t be sitting around waiting to be heated.
5. Insulation Is Critical
Insure there are no leaks around windows or other openings. 50% of your energy bills generally go towards heating and cooling, so it’s important to make sure that none of your heating and cooling goes to waste.
6. Roofing Material
There are many different "green" roofing materials including metal, white tiles, slate, special membranes, and terra cotta. The key is to choose a roofing material that reflects sun away from the roof, cools off faster at night and holds less heat for a shorter amount of time.
Another roof type worthy of mentioning is the "living roof". This type of roof is constructed to hold plants that will grow on the roof. The plants will catch rainwater and provide insulation to the home. They can be incorporated in residential roofs.
These 6 tips for building a green friendly home will ensure that you have a good foundation for your new home.
With this information in mind, do you think that every new home should be built green? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.