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Meghan Belnap posted a blog entry in Green Living BlogTrying to be as environmentally-friendly as possible is something that most homeowners want to do. Some are doing it because it ends up saving them money while others worry about the kind of effect they are having on this earth. The following are five tips for eco-conscious people moving into a new home. Good Appliances It is important that you replace some of the appliances in your home. You need to make sure you install eco-friendly appliances that will not drain your electricity or will not use so much water. You do not have to switch all your appliances at once, but start as soon as possible. Water Management Homes can waste a lot of water due to mismanagement. You can take steps to ensure your home manages water in a few ways; for example, you can install automatic sprinklers. These should be set to wet your grass at night or early in the morning to avoid heat, which evaporates water and ends up wasting it. It might also be a good idea to think about using drought-resistant plant life to reduce water use. Recycling Is Key Sometimes, it is overlooked but it is important that you contract rubbish collectors as soon as you move into your new home. The right company can ensure your home recycles early on by providing containers such as skip bins for your needs. The waste removal company should be able to tell you what happens to your trash and recyclables if you are wondering. Get Educated You need to take steps to learn about living eco-consciously. There are a few things that you can learn so that you can be more eco-friendly like composting some of your trash, which can be used to feed lawns or gardens. Taking steps to becoming knowledgeable in everything eco-friendly should make things easier for you. Consider an Inspection It is important that you have your home inspected as often as possible. You probably already went through an inspection before purchasing your new home but that does not mean there haven’t been any changes. What you want to pay attention to are leaks, which could be wasting water or cracks or window seal issues. These problems could make it harder for your AC to work, which ends up using more energy and that is not what you want. Hopefully, some of these tips make it easier for you to live as eco-conscious as you can. Be sure to talk to other eco-friendly homeowners to see if there are other steps you can take.
When you are planning to build a home from scratch it’s always better to build an eco friendly home. There are many benefits of building a house that is environment friendly, not only is that helpful in reducing the pollution and protecting the environment, but it gives you a safer and healthier atmosphere to live. When designing an eco friendly house from scratch you have to consider three things: building material, generation of alternating energy, and using energy efficiently. Building Material · Using Anticon Roof Insulation Anticon is a great material to use for insulation purpose in roof. There is a unique property of this substance that combines two forms of insulation effectively. In anticon there is a reflective foil facing, which is adhered to a glass wool blanket. Due to foil facing 95% of the heat radiations are reflected from the roof and this prevents any condensation. The wool blanket absorbs all the noise and reduces the heat transfer in the room. Anticon helps in the reduction in air conditioner running costs, it offers more resistance against fire on roof, and has any more benefits. Generating Alternate Energy · Solar Panels Solar panels are the best way to generate cheap, low-maintenance and eco friendly power for your home. By the use of these panel you harness the energy of sunlight for creating electricity for your home use. This energy is renewable and if produced more than you need, then you can sell it to the grid. You can install these solar panels on the roof tops, in the backyard, or any part of your home that is exposed to continuous sunlight during daytime. · Solar Hot Water System This system combines the booster, tank, and collectors, which heat the water for home use with the help of sunlight. Energy from the sun is absorbed to heat the water in collector and is then sent to the tank for storage. This cycle of heating the water is continued unless complete water is heated in the tank or till the time there is no sunlight. During the times when there is no sunlight or insufficient sunlight, then booster are utilized to heat the water. You can have your contractor install this system in your home. Many companies like Celebration Homes South West, Centex Homes and Eco Housing have eco friendly options you can choose from. Energy Efficient Home · Constructing the home that supports rain water harvesting can help you a lot in future. The water stored this way is useful at many places like in washing machines, toilet, etc. This is a nice way to reduce the water bills and usage of water. · More windows should be located on the north side of the home to capture the heat from sun in winter and keep the home warm in winter. Southern side should have less windows as it would help in reducing the heat generated due to sunlight in summer. · Use energy efficient globes that consume less electricity than any normal incandescent light bulb and has longer life. · Use of laminated glass that has low E range in windows is a great idea. This glass has maximum transparency, low reflection, and high performance solar control. Therefore, it could manage heat in summer and cold in winter. Conclusion When you are planning eco friendly house from scratch follow the above mentioned suggestions to get best results.