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3 Tips for Making Your Next House an Eco-Friendly Home

Are you looking to build a more eco-friendly home?

Over 50% of people in the US aged 25-40 want their next home to be green. Having a sustainable home isn’t a trend anymore, it’s turned into an expectation. But, if you’ve never built a green home before, you might not even know where to start.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for these top three tips that will help you design a sustainable, eco-friendly home.

1. Be Energy Efficient

For most of us, the process of being more environmentally conscious starts small. Like a move to eco friendly home products and making sure we’re recycling as much as possible.

But when it comes to green construction, going green is all about being energy efficient. This means using efficient building materials to reduce the amount of energy you use.

You want to reduce air leakage as much as you can. The most efficient homes use tight seals and high-grade systems to:

– Improve airflow

– Keep your home consistent and comfortable

– Stay efficient with energy usage

You want to make sure you choose the latest Energy StarĀ® appliances. Not only will they consume less energy, but this will also translate into real savings on energy bills.

2. Conserve Water

Water is a precious resource, and this will only continue to be the case in the future. Any great green home needs to save on water consumption.

Consider low-flow toilets and showerheads. You’ll also want to look into the most efficient water heaters. Adding in water recirculation pumps will see less water flowing into the drain.

Of a home’s indoor water usage, toilets make up a whopping 30%! The standard models have 1.6 gallons per flush systems. But there are models out there that will use 1.28 instead, which will save water.

You could be looking at saving 13,000 gallons a year, and this will lower your water bill. There are even ultra-efficient toilets that provide a powerful flush, but only need to use 0.8 gallons to do so.

To further improve your water conservation, install a heat (hybrid) pump water heater. These heaters run off ambient heat, but during peak usage, they will switch to electricity to meet your needs.

3. Get the Right Doors & Windows

Planning where your doors and windows will go is a huge design decision. You shouldn’t only consider their location in your home’s structure though. Make sure you consider the energy efficiency of your options.

Low-E windows coatings will bounce heat back into your home in the winter months. In summer, they will reflect that unwanted heat outside so it doesn’t overheat your rooms.

For doors, consider fiberglass which is energy-efficient, sustainable, and recyclable. You’ll find fiberglass used for windows, doors, and insulation too. It’s one of the best energy-efficient materials on the market.

As it’s made from sand for the most part and requires little energy to produce it. There’s no need for reinforcement either. These doors and windows lightweight, using less fuel to transport.

Building an Eco-Friendly Home: The Key Is in the Design

So, there you have it! Now you know these top three tips to consider, you’ll be well on the way to the perfect eco-friendly home.

To get the best results talk with your contractor and architect during planning. It’s easier to integrate green features for your home from the start, rather than shoehorn them in.

If you’re looking for a home builder experienced in green builds, contact us today. At NRGY we have the knowledge and skills to help you achieve your eco-home dreams.