Guide to Green Building and Renovating Your Home

Guide to Green Building and Renovating Your Home
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    With the already visible consequences of global warming, our destruction of nature, pollution and all the other problems that we've created, being environmentally conscious has become more important than ever before.

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Plus, going green can not only benefit the environment but also save you a lot of money in the long run. With that in mind, here are a couple of ways in which you can build or renovate your home in order to make it more environmentally friendly.

Less is more

If you are just building a house, think about the size. A smaller home will have less impact on the environment, and it will also use less energy for cooling and heating. Plus, a smaller house equals a larger garden, which can be invaluable to you if you have a family, since it would provide your kids with plenty of room to play. A smaller house also takes less time to decorate – and fewer items, so either way you look at it, it would save you some money.

Energy-efficient appliances

When buying appliances for your kitchen, make sure they are energy-efficient; they should have the Energy Star label. This label means that they will use less energy without sacrificing their performance.

True, they might cost a bit more at first, but investing in such appliances would definitely pay off. Just don’t forget to turn them off when you stop using them.

Check your pipes

If you are renovating your home, make sure to check your pipes. If there are any leaks or cracks, it can lead to unnecessary water waste and damage that can be quite costly if not noticed on time.

Since it’s better to be safe than sorry, don’t hesitate to call the professionals in pipe relining that will check your pipes and ensure that they are in good shape and well-functioning.

Install water-saving fixtures

In order to preserve water, you should consider installing water-efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets, aerators, and dual-flush toilets. They can help you cut down on your water bills, and they can make your home much more eco-friendly. You should also look into dishwashers and washing machines that use less water. Finally, if you do want to save water, change your bad habits as well – take shorter showers instead of long baths, and don’t leave the water running when shaving or brushing your teeth.

Proper insulation

Insulation is one of the main things you need to pay attention to, as it can greatly influence your home’s heating and cooling efficiency. Heating and cooling make up 48-50% of your home’s energy consumption, and any air leaks around the windows or doors can make maintaining your home’s temperature quite costly. So, don’t let your cool or hot air escape due to bad insulation, and do your research on the best options for insulating your home.

More insulating options

Speaking of insulating your home, you should also consider using thicker curtains and carpets. Moreover, you can also get stick-on insulation and use it to insulate your doors. These options are not expensive, they are easy to install, they can help you lower your bills, and they can also serve as a part of your décor.

By building a green home, you will not only save money on bills but also engage in the preservation of our planet and teach your children the importance of being environmentally conscious. Therefore, make sure to insulate your home properly, install water-efficient fixtures, check your pipes, and use energy-efficient kitchen appliances. Moreover, don’t build a large home unless you absolutely need it, and rest assured that your utility bills will be lower and that you’ll be making a positive impact on the planet.

Bio:
Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecorator, The Green Living Guy and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.

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