Being responsible to the environment has been a greater and greater concern every year. And while it may be cliché, one of the easiest ways to “go green” is to cut down on what you consume and recycle whatever you can. However, if you truly want to make an impact, changing how you live every day in your home can also help to reduce your impact on the environment.
Changing your home into a green building is actually easier than it sounds. All it takes is some time, financial commitment, and dedication to make your environmental footprint smaller. Here are 5 ways to turn your home into a green building you can be proud of.
- Save on water. You don’t need a lot of products to save on water. Behavioral changes can add up quickly – using a broom instead of a mop, filling up your sink to wash dishes instead of letting the water run, and turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth can all add up to saving gallons of water. You can also decrease your water consumption by using products such as an aerator on household faucets or by installing a low-flow toilet that only uses 1.6 gallons per flush compared to 3.5 gallons with pre-1994 models and create a really green building.
- Install green appliances. Getting rid of old appliances can help you save lots of money each year, as well as lessen the impact on the environment. Using energy-efficient models can use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models.
- Let there be light. Energy-efficient light, that is. By outfitting your home with compact fluorescent light bulbs, you will be using 66% less energy than with standard incandescent bulbs, and fluorescent bulbs can last 10 times longer. Also, you can use the sun to your advantage by installing skylights to let in natural light and save you from turning on lights in the home during the day, getting you a big step closer to living in a truly green building.
- You can still have your hardwood. Bamboo floors for a green building are increasing in popularity. Bamboo is considered to be environmentally friendly due to its high yield that replenishes at a fast rate.
- Go easy on the thermostat. Almost half of your home’s energy consumption is used in cooling and heating. To turn your home into a more green building, watch the temperature. Each degree below 68F during colder weather saves 3-5% more heating energy, while keeping your thermostat at 78F in warm weather will also save you money. You can also consider outfitting your home with a newer energy-efficient furnace that saves 25% more energy than the ones of the past.
For green building in Lake Norman, contact us at Barlowe Brothers, LLC. With every project, we strive to provide exceptional service and workmanship. Give us a call today for more information.