The reason that people build green homes is usually an attempt to reduce the harmful impact that home building can have on the environment. But what many people don’t realize is that they can, in fact, disrupt the existing ecosystem by making a few minor mistakes during the building process. It’s important to stay environmentally conscientious the entire time. Take a look at a just a few of the common mistakes to avoid with green home building.
Only Build What You Need
Sometimes people are quick to build overly large houses without considering how much space they are really going to need. The trick is to build a home where the space is just right, and nothing more or less. Too much house equals wasted space and wasted energy, which in turn will increase your heating and cooling costs.
Choose the Right Location
Location is key when building a home for multiple reasons, and one of them is definitely considering the ecosystem. You will want to carefully select the right lot size and location for your home. Building closer to town is usually a good idea as to not disrupt local wildlife. When you build off the beaten path you are going to create roads, power lines, and utilities where there once wasn’t.
There are so many ways to save energy. For starters, make sure that all of your equipment is energy-efficient. This means high-efficiency and green appliances. You can even consider a tankless water heater.
Use Environmentally Friendly Products
Make sure that all of the materials that you are using to build your home are environmentally friendly. This includes building materials, roofing materials, insulation, flooring, counters, cabinets, and more. Try to use recycled lumber, recycled glass, and all natural products.
Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on green home building and what it can do for you and your home.