Many people fail to realize that the location of their home can have a huge impact on things. Homes facing towards the west will have more sun exposure, making them harder to keep cool. Also take a look which areas are more prone to things like flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. before you start building. And the distance that you have to drive to get to stores should also be considered.
If you’re looking to save energy, and money, definitely pay close attention to the type of equipment that you’re putting in your home. Look for ENERGY STAR labels, which means that the EPA has deemed it as energy-efficient. This type of equipment offers big savings in energy and money without compromising performance at all. Get ENERGY STAR windows installed as well, and even consider installing solar panels on your roof.
The materials that you use to build your home can make a big difference. Use eco-friendly materials for everything, including the roof, floors, cabinets, counters, insulation, and just about everything in between. You can use reclaimed lumber and recycled plastic and glass, or you can just go completely natural with bamboo, cork, or linoleum.
There are lots of things that you can do to build a green home, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started.