Eco friendly houses not only protect the environment, they can also help decrease utility costs. If you choose to build an eco-friendly house you will pay more than you would for standard construction, but over time, you may recoup some of those costs through what you save on energy bills. You might also qualify for federal tax credits when you purchase certain eco friendly items like solar panels. By implementing some of the following suggestions, anyone can build an eco friendly house or remodel a current home to make it more eco friendly.
Choose an eco friendly builder
Going eco friendly with your home building may be easier than you think. Start by talking to your builder about “green” or eco friendly home plans. Ask questions about which options for eco friendly building materials are available in your area. With the help of your builder, you can find sources for the materials you need. By choosing eco friendly building materials, appliances and hardware, you can build a home that is both attractive and healthy for the environment and your family.
Choose local resources and materials
When you choose materials that are derived from local resources, not only do you support your local economy but you reduce the dependence on fuel needed to ship supplies long distances. In addition to saving fuel, the result is cleaner, healthier air due to reduced emissions that contribute to pollution.
Choose natural eco friendly materials
Eco-friendly building materials are made from natural sustainable resources. Examples of eco friendly materials include cork, bamboo or wood flooring, natural stone, cotton insulation; and solid wood used for building furniture and cabinets. Select natural adhesives that are free of toxic substances. These materials are derived from natural resources that are not only renewable, but free from chemicals and other toxic substances that can be harmful to the environment and to your health.
Choose eco friendly appliances and hardware
In addition to natural building materials, there are eco friendly appliances and hardware. Energy efficient appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs and solar panels also reduce your use of electricity which offers relief from high energy costs. Select low-flow shower heads and water saving toilets. These can save water and reduce your utility costs.
Choose eco friendly landscaping
Eco friendly landscaping will put the finishing touch on your eco friendly house. Choose plants that are native to your area. Native plants won’t require as much attention and care since they are better adapted to temperature, environment and pests, than plants that originate elsewhere. Xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that utilizes plants that require little water is also an eco friendly way to reduce water usage. Drip irrigation systems conserve more water than traditional irrigation systems.