If you are in the process of building your home or making an addition, it is a great opportunity to focus on being more green. Small decisions can make a huge impact on the environment and your future energy expenses. If you want to live a bit more green, here are some tips to help you make more environmentally friendly decisions.
Select Sustainable Building Materials
There are sustainable building materials available for most of the components of the home. Sustainable building materials include recycled plastic and reclaimed lumber. Opting for natural products, such as cork, are also good options. These products tend to be made of renewable materials.
You can also opt for salvaging building materials yourself. For example you can reclaim wood from old barns or find specialty salvage stores. When you do, this means fewer greenhouse gas emissions because the products do not have to undergo processing like new materials. You also help to keep those materials out of the landfills.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels work by converting solar energy so that it can be used in the home. The price for installing solar panels often deters people from choosing them. However, the savings can far outweigh the cost of installation. In addition to saving on your home's energy costs, you can also receive a tax credit. There is one other added bonus that some people miss in their assessment of whether or not to install solar panels. According to the United States Department of Energy, solar panels can add up to $17,000 to your home's value. If you plan to sell your home in the future, this could be a huge selling point for potential buyers.
Install a Rainwater Harvesting System
A rainwater harvesting system is a great way to save when flushing your toilets or watering the lawn. The system would collect the water each time it rains so that it can be stored in a tank. Instead of wasting clean, fresh water to flush and keep your lawn green, you can rely on the rainwater. There are many different types of rainwater harvesting systems available that are easy to install and use. Talk to your contractor about which would be best for you.
You can also discuss other methods of reducing you and your family's impact on the environment. Your contractor and building materials supplier can help you identify those methods and factor them into the construction of your home or addition.
For more information, contact a professional like those at Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co.