There has never been a better time to “think green” both in savings and sustainability. In order to achieve optimal results, it is crucial to put careful thought and consideration into everything from the ground up! Although these eco-friendly solutions will save you money in the long run, the initial renovations can be costly and should be thought of as an investment.
Benefits of having an eco-friendly home:
- Reduce your energy consumption and carbon footprint
- Save money on energy bills
- Teach future generations the importance of preserving our environment
5 DESIGN TIPS FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY HOME
01. IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION
It is important to consider building orientation. By aligning your home on the east-west axis with your windows facing true north or south you are able to properly utilize cool air and minimize heat loss.
02. USE NATURAL STONE
It’s always a smart choice to utilize sustainable materials such as travertine and marble limestone. Natural stone is chemical free – emitting no chemicals into the air and increases the overall Indoor Environmental Quality. Many companies, such as Authentic Durango Stone offer interior and exterior stone solutions that are long-lasting and require minimal maintenance. All natural stone products are recyclable, reclaimable, and have a low embedded energy.
03. SOAK UP THE SUN
Take advantage of the natural power of the sun by installing solar panels. If you do your research, you may be able to find incentives, grants, and tax breaks.
04. BEING A TREE HUGER PAYS OFF
Preserve the trees around your property and they will return the favor by providing your home with shade. This big payoff will be when you see how much you save on your energy bill!
05. DON’T BE AN ENERGY HOG
Go green by eliminating major appliances that have a negative impact on the environment. By purchasing equipment with the ENERGY STAR label on it, you can save energy costs without compromising quality or performance.
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