Building a green self-build home not only helps save the environment: it can also save you money. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to accomplish too.
Going ‘green’ reduces your carbon footprint, minimises the stress and financial drain that accompanies high energy bills, and helps you save money for other important things.
Here are our favourite tips for building a green home.
Choose an Optimal Location
When purchasing land, look for a site that has convenient access to public transportation and local amenities, as you will not have to go everywhere by car.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are growing in popularity because they use the ultimate renewable energy resource: the sun. There are also government grants, financial incentives, and tax breaks available to those who use solar power for their home.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
Heating and cooling account for half of a home’s energy consumption. Gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and ductwork lets conditioned air out and causes energy costs to go up. Proper insulation will keep your energy use and costs stable.
Use Eco-Friendly Lighting
LED and CFL light bulbs can be more expensive to purchase, but they last longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, representing significant cost and energy savings in the long run.
Larger houses are more expensive to heat and cool and use more energy overall. Choose the smallest possible design without sacrificing comfort. Where possible choose sites and building designs that will get the most sunlight to make your home feel warmer without the heating on.