More people becoming aware of the effect their actions have upon the planet has led to an increased demand for eco friendly housing. After all, the ways in which we build and live in our homes represents one of the largest environmental impacts we have.
If you’re looking to build a home that’s better for the planet then make sure you check out the following five tips for building an eco friendly home.
Choose An Eco Friendly Building Method
Building a traditional brick and timber/steel home might be the most common building method, but it’s actually one of the most inefficient and ecologically harmful. In addition to deforestation and pollution, it’s important to think of the concept of embodied energy. This refers to the total energy cost of a building including those involved in the mining, forestry, milling, manufacture, transportation and construction processes.
New and innovative home building techniques like panel construction employ ecologically friendly, recyclable materials and use far less embodied energy and as such are far better for the environment than most traditional building methods.
Make It Energy Efficient
Modern Australian homes run from electricity generated by burning fossil fuels. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, so the more you can do to make your home truly energy efficient the smaller your carbon footprint will be. Use energy efficient light bulbs (or LEDs) and only buy appliances that have a high energy efficiency rating. Installing a smart meter to track your energy usage and modify it (by turning off heating/cooling and certain appliances at certain times such as when you’re at work) can also have a major impact.
Insulate & Regulate The Temperature
Heating and cooling costs represent the major share of the energy usage in most homes, so the more you can do to limit them the smaller your carbon footprint will be. Using solar passive design principles when designing your home is a great first step.
Ensuring that the property is as insulated as possible will also drastically reduce your energy consumption. Choosing a panel home can be a great way of maximising your home insulation as it ensures the whole building is thermally regulated and not just the roof.
Install Solar Panels & A Solar Battery
If your home is as insulated and energy efficient as possible, the final thing you can do to really minimise your house carbon footprint is to install solar panels that will allow you to generate your own clean solar energy. Installing a solar battery will also enable you to continue to use this zero emission source of power after the sun has gone down.
Use Natural Cleaning Products & Manage Your Water Consumption
Being eco friendly isn’t just about minimizing your energy consumption and carbon footprint. Using natural cleaning products, installing a grey water recycling system and managing your water consumption by installing low-flow shower heads will all help to make sure that your home is as sustainable as possible for the entire time you’re living in it.
Do you want your next home build to be as eco friendly as possible? At Future Home Living we specialise in using a wide range of materials and methods that can help ensure that your new home is as good for the planet as it is enjoyable to live in. We even include a free solar energy system in every home we sell! Get in touch with us today to find out more!