When building a house from the ground up, it’s easier to ensure that every product you’re using is eco-friendly. However, when you’ve already settled in your home, there are still ways to build an eco-friendly home. Furthermore, the changes you can make in your home are similar and inexpensive! Besides recycling and not littering, the other eco-friendly things you can do are changing your carbon footprint, adding some vegetation, and checking your insulation to ensure it’s the spray type.
Using Spray Foam Insulation
Your insulation is essential; it will save you money on your heating and electric bills. In addition, using spray foam insulation is environmentally friendly and will stop you from using insulation that’s not plant-based. Furthermore, spray foam insulation does no damage to the ozone layer!
Installing Triple Glazed Windows
By installing triple-glazed windows, you’ll prevent heat loss. Just like spray foam insulation, this will save you a tremendous amount on bills when seasons change.
Changing Your Carbon Footprint
Changing your carbon footprint is a secure way to build and keep your home eco-friendly. Simple changes that can make this possible include getting a dual flushing toilet and efficient faucet fixtures. When feasible, shop for and use recyclable materials as you build your home.
Adding Solar Panels
Take advantage of the sun by adding solar panels to your home at the beginning of your build. If that’s not possible, you can start with smaller panels to replace things with batteries first to test them. If you like that change, it can be a great way to build an eco-friendly home without significant changes having to occur. Solar panels are great additions to any home!
Including Alternative Water Sources
The best way to be ready for anything that can happen while remaining eco-friendly is to be sure that you include alternative water sources in your home. These can range from glass jars and rain barrels to greywater systems.
Installing Geothermal Heating
If you have a house without a flat roof, you can’t install geothermal heating. As an alternative, you can start a regular garden and add plants inside your home. If your roof is flat, or you’re having it built that way, geothermal heating can be a part of your garden on top of your house.
This design regulates temperatures, produces oxygen, and makes your house calmer and quieter. Whether a home is new or established, you can change the way you interact with the environment and become more eco-friendly in your home.