If you are thinking about building a green home, you are doing so because you want to make a contribution to the planet. It is an important decision to make because the Earth is worth preserving. However, deciding to create a sustainable home is not enough; it has to be effective. To help you achieve the most effective ‘green’ home possible, here are a few of the mistakes you should try and avoid.
Don’t Build More Than You Need
Your home should be just perfect in size. If it isn’t, there is going to be a lot of wasted space that requires a lot of energy to heat up, cool down and keep running. When you are planning your home, take time out to consider what you want in the future. Is a small home going to be enough for you or do you plan on adding to the family for example? Take your lifestyle into consideration and make an informed decision.
Building On The Wrong Plot
Everyone dreams of picturesque property in the middle of the countryside, but sometimes that can be bad for the environment. The countryside is a natural haven that we should preserve as much as possible, so look into building on plots of land near built-up areas like the city. It is not just the look, but also the lives of the wildlife that are disrupted and potentially destroyed.
If you need inspiration, home builders will find the perfect plot of land. All you have to do is tell them what you want, and they will come up with a variety of options.
Not Doing Your Research
There is a whole host of information out there at your fingertips. All you have to do is search on Google, and you can find out all you need to know about creating an eco-friendly home. For that reason, there is no excuse not to research methods before you implement them. For example, you are going to need a lot of supplies and a trusty supplier. If you want to make a difference to the planet, make sure that the supplier is as devoted to sustainability as you are.
All you need to do is check their website or pick up the phone and ask a couple of questions.
Once your home is built, you need to prepare it with a few accessories that will improve its carbon footprint. One of the simplest accessories you can add is insulation. Insulation will trap the natural heat of the house. So, there is no need to turn on the central heating as boilers are one of the biggest wasters of energy in any modern house. And, if the heat gets too much in the summer, all you have to do is open a window and let the fresh air ventilate the house.
Insulation will not only save energy, it will also save you money on your utility bills.
Take these factors into consideration. The last thing you want from your green home is for it not to be green at all.