Building a Green Home: Mistakes You Should Avoid

Nowadays, you can find many green condos. People choose to live in a green home not only to save money but also to save our planet. If you’re planning to build your own green home, careful thought must be placed on each aspect of the design. Here’s a list of common mistakes you should try to avoid:

  1. Building more than you need.

 

A house that is too big means lots of wasted space and costs more to heat and cool. So consider your lifestyle in the planning phase.

 

  1. Failing to think ahead.

 

Do you plan to still live in your home 15-20 years from now? Consider what your future needs may be. Do you plan to start a family? Or will your kids move out in a few years?

 

  1. Building on the wrong area.

 

Building on a new area can harm a thriving ecosystem, disrupt the lives and habitat of local wildlife and may even eliminate them altogether. As much as possible, build a home close to the city.

 

  1. Refusing to go solar?

 

Build a home in such a way that you get unobstructed solar access during the day. Your building structure should have a southern exposure. Doing this will automatically reduce your energy costs by 10% at least. So place most of the windows on the southern side. You can simply put awnings and overhangs to shield the sun’s rays during summer. Plant trees around your home to offer natural shade.

  1. Not doing enough research.

 

The Internet contains a lot of information to help you plan and design your green home so there’s no excuse not to learn all about your options. Besides, there are plenty of options for every budget. Use toxic-free, sustainable, and low VOC products. Opt to go for environmentally sound materials, from the roof to the foundation of your home.

  1. Insufficient insulation

 

Your home’s biggest savings will come in the form of insulation. The minimum insulation codes in the United States have been increased. Your building’s heat retention and loss depends greatly on your insulation. You will not only save energy with proper insulation but you will also be able to cut your electrical bill considerably.

 

  1. Poorly planned roofing

 

The roof protects the walls of your home, so you need to put some careful thought into it. The shape and design of your roof is crucial to the efficiency of energy. A flat roof will accumulate water while a sloped roof will not. The roof’s insulation is also integral to the heating and cooling efficiency of your home.

 

  1. Not using energy efficient appliances

 

Consider using a tankless water heater and other energy efficient appliances to reduce the use of energy and other natural resources. They may cost more than your typical appliances but the reduced consumption of energy translates to more long-term savings.

 

The decision to go green can go a long way in reducing carbon footprint and protecting the environment. And you also save money in the process.