If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that we need to be more mindful of our actions, specifically the consequences of our actions. We cannot continue to live greedy lives, destroying our natural resources and leaving nothing behind for future generations. You can drastically reduce your carbon footprint and build a greener home by following these 5 steps.
Use sustainable building materials like those that have been responsibly sourced. Make sure the materials you choose are fit for their purpose and are efficiently designed. If you can, you should opt for materials that have been recycled or up-cycled – it is much kinder to the environment when you choose materials that already exist rather than buying from a company that just constantly makes new ones.
Make sure that you live a home that only uses renewable energy as much as possible. It is a lot cheaper to install renewable systems into house and land packages in Officer if you use solar-powered energy, which will give you a zero-energy rated home. You want to live in an intelligently built green home that won’t contribute to the destruction of our planet, a water-efficient home is as important as an energy-efficient one is.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy efficiency doesn’t just end with the build of your home. Your appliances and fixtures need to be energy-efficient as well. This will not only be far kinder to the environment but it will also save you thousands of dollars each year. Choose appliances that have the highest energy-efficiency rating, like a solar geyser, so you won’t have to worry when you use them.
Source Supplies Locally
Sourcing your building supplies locally, where possible, will allow your green home build to have a much less impact on the environment. Importing supplies from unscrupulous suppliers simply because they are cheaper is one of the worst things you can do for the earth.
Choose materials that are sustainably grown, responsibly harvested, and can be re-used/up-cycled at a later stage. This will also help support your local community and after the blow from lockdown, they could all use the extra support. Sourcing locally will greatly reduce the transport emissions and costs that are incurred with materials that are imported.
Properly installed and well-made insulation materials can drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home by using less energy to heat and cool your areas. Heaters and air-conditioners often use non-renewable fuel supplies, so before you finish building you need to make sure your new green home is adequately insulated from the heat and the cold.
The insulation will act as a barrier to the heat flow which will either keep your house cooler or help to keep it warmer, depending on which season we are in. Insulation isn’t just in the walls and ceilings anymore; you can also get energy-efficient windows which go a long way in improving your home’s overall insulation.