Welcome to 2018 my friends!
Isn't it such a fresh feeling to start a new year? I love the feel of starting again, purging, and feeling lighter as the stresses of last year fade away. New years always bring organization, new renovations and new looks. As going green is becoming more important and relevant, we are becoming more aware, saving up, and bringing new & innovative ideas to help our environment to the table.
You can do that from home appliances, paint, fixtures, plants & gardens, and even when building a new home or doing a full renovation. Catherine is here to talk about how to do just that with these innovative tips. You gotta check them out!
People finally stopped neglecting the importance of going green. They are becoming more familiar with global warming consequences such as the rising temperature of our planet, the extinction of certain species, extreme meteorological phenomena etc. This is exactly why more and more people opt for green building every day. And you should too. Here are some basic and useful tips to begin with.
Keep energy efficiency in mind
More and more people are aware of the effects our activities have on the environment, so they are becoming more and more interested in green building techniques which are beneficial for both the environment and their wallet.
Since heating during the winter and cooling during the summer are what take up most of the energy used by your home (up to 50 percent, to be precise), you have to make sure with the help of quality insulation that your new green home doesn’t allow that energy to be wasted. You can stop the drafts with spray foam that will seal all the air gaps, and when choosing the thickness of your exterior walls, opt for 6-inch rather than 4-inch thick walls.
When choosing electrical appliances for your new green home, make sure all the pieces have a blue Energy Star label. This way you will ensure that your costs are minimized.
Exactly. And by this, we mean passive cooling, passive heating, passive ventilation and passive lighting. Have in mind both sun and wind factors, plant big trees near the south-facing side of your home to protect it from the heat during the summer but allow the place to warm up during winter. Next, all walls should have windows on them for quality cross ventilation. Finally, consider those windows to be awning, so you can open them when it’s raining as well.
We all know that the sun is the best possible source of pure energy. And when you are building, you have the opportunity to plan for making use of solar power. By making it the native technology in your home, you are not only saving money, but also opening a door to countless possibilities, such as selling the excess energy to your utility company.
Use sustainable materials
Consider using reclaimed lumber, since lumber reclamation sites often offer it even for free. Next, use materials such as composite wood and recycled plastic as well. However, whenever possible, make sure you use materials that have a long lifespan, such as cement. Even though it is more expensive, you won’t ever need to replace it if you do a quality formwork. And for that, you have to make sure you hire a quality formwork company such as TDK Formwork.
Recycling is a very important thing to do, not only in your everyday life, but also when building your home. Collect all those shipping boxes, metal waste, wood scraps, etc. and recycle them or sell them. Next, stockpile and reuse the excavated topsoil and sell or donate used construction supplies. Also choose furniture that is made out of recycled materials, or recycle your old furniture instead of buying new pieces.
Last but not least, reducing water consumption is also an important matter. The fixtures and appliances in your new home should only be such that conserve water, like tankless water heaters, low flow faucet aerators and Energy Star rated washers. Another great idea is to collect rainwater and use it for irrigating your garden and backyard.
There are literally no cons of choosing to build a green home, just pros. Besides helping your planet, green building increases the value of your home, helps you make savings, improves your health and helps you become part of something bigger – the green movement.
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.
Catherine, such great and neat options. Some I didn't even think of!
Going green seems to be a topic on here a lot lately! I am loving it because it's something I m noticing more and more lately that we really need to make a change. Anything small helps because it pushes us a step closer to releasing our environment from all the toxins floating around now.
Is going green important to you?