Whether you’re thinking of constructing your new home or simply upgrade your existing residence take a look at some these useful tips to go green. Going green has never been easier or more fulfilling, so take a chance to save the environment (and your pocketbook) with our top trends for an eco-friendly 2016.
1. Functionalize Your Floor Plan
In recent years, an “open concept” house has become trendy and a major selling point in the real estate market. People want to be able to serve their guests from the kitchen and still watch their children in the living room. How does this equate to being eco-friendly? When you have an open floor plan, your heating and cooling is not blocked off by walls and doors, and you can spend less money on your utilities.
2. Take Advantage of the Weather
We know you won’t always be able to keep your windows open, but trust us, using nature’s own ventilation will go a long way to reducing your utility bills and calming your mind. When the weather permits, consider leaving your windows open and invest in screen doors for your house that will allow natural ventilation to cleanse your mind and cool your home. You’ll see the added benefit of a lower electricity bill from not using your air conditioner as much, and you’ll also appreciate the nice weather even more!
3. Make Technology Work for You
Home automation is on the rise, and you can use it to program your thermostat, turn off lights when you’re away, and more. This is the perfect solution for the busy adult who doesn’t always remember to conserve energy on his or her own. By using a smart home system, you can save a lot on your utility bills and not have to worry about whether you left your appliances on.
4. Landscape Appropriately
There are many beautiful landscaping options available while using less water. Besides conserving water, using these types of plants requires much less maintenance on your part. Consider downsizing your landscaping when appropriate and replacing the extra space with a sculpture, patio, or just a fun area for the kids to play in.
5. Try Out Solar Panels
Once just an idea for the future, solar panels are an integral part of energy conservation in today’s world. If you’re planning to build a new home, think of installing solar power system. They not only provide clean energy, but are incredibly cost-effective as well. As a bonus, you can often receive federal tax credits simply for having them installed.
6. Reuse Your Water
Ever wonder what happens to all the water you use in the dishwasher, bathtub, and washing machine? Essentially, it goes right down the tubes to the sewer with other wastes. For an easy way to conserve water supplies, just reuse that water in your landscaping. Recycled water often contains nutrients that are healthy for growing plants. This type of water is known as greywater and is making a huge leap in conservation efforts.
7. Downgrade Your House
While not possible for everyone, downgrading your house to a smaller one is an incredibly effective way to remain eco-friendly and reduce your costs. When purchasing a new home, consider your needs—do you really need those two different living areas? Are you going to want to keep up with cleaning four bathrooms? If you choose wisely, you can prevent outrageous energy bills in the future.