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Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design

by | Jun 8, 2023 | Just For Fun, Remodeling Considerations | 0 comments

Climate change is on many homeowners’ minds and how the various climate risks, such as flooding, fire, and drought may affect your home. Now may be the time to turn to a more eco-friendly, sustainable future of home ownership. Whether you’re looking to buy a new home that’s more eco-friendly or looking for sustainable upgrades to your existing house, we can help. We’ll explain what sustainable architecture is and how you can make a greener future for your own home.

What is sustainable architecture?

Sustainable architecture is an all-encompassing term that describes commercial and residential buildings designed, built, and lived in with an eco-friendly approach in mind. Every step of the home building process takes sustainability into account – from designing and planning to choosing sustainable building materials and renewable energy sources for heating, cooling, plumbing, and blending the home into the natural environment.

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design is the first of many ways to increase a home’s energy efficiency. Active design strategies use energy sources such as electricity and gas to optimize energy consumption. These strategies include solar panels, wind power, and higher-efficiency HVAC systems. The use of tankless water heaters, dual paned windows, and improved insulation, all improve the home’s energy consumption.

Sustainable Choices for Your Home

If you’re not in the market for a newly constructed green home, there are lots of small changes that can make a significant impact in the long run. Here are some common sustainable swaps you can make for a greener home.

  • LED light bulbs: LEDs use significantly less energy and last longer than traditional light bulbs. It’s an easy swap to make your home more energy-efficient and sustainable. You can also consider upgrading your outdoor lighting to LED or a solar-powered option.
  • Smart thermostats: Installing smart thermostats can better help regulate heating and cooling in your home, especially when you’re not at home. From setting your thermostat from your smartphone to features that automatically adjust the temperature based on the weather, smart thermostats can be a sustainable choice for your home.
  • Energy Star appliances: A notable name that probably rings a bell, Energy Star appliances help increase your home’s energy efficiency. From refrigerators to dishwashers and dryers, there are plenty of Energy Star-certified appliances to choose from.
  • Energy-efficient toilets or bidets: Replacing an older toilet with a more sustainable alternative with a dual flush can increase your home’s efficiency and reduce water use. To further reduce water and paper products, consider adding a bidet to your bathroom. Seasonal home inspections can prevent water leaks.
  • Composting: Another common sustainable practice you can implement in your home is composting food waste. Rather than throwing food scraps into the trash, toss these scraps into a compost bin.
  • Choose recycled or second-hand furniture: This doesn’t mean replacing all your current furniture with more sustainable options, but if you’re moving into a new place and need furniture there are other options to consider. For example, you can choose a reclaimed wood dining table or a second-hand or vintage couch from a local consignment store.

Pro Tip: Incorporate vintage furnishings into your home. Vintage furniture is the ultimate in sustainability – any piece you fall in love with is saved from landfill, doesn’t come with a high manufacturing and transportation carbon footprint, and has long ago exhausted any off-gassing. Another bonus is you won’t have any supply chain issues and can get it right away.

These are just some of the countless changes you can implement to make sustainable living that much easier. If you’d like to talk further about your potential home remodel and how we can incorporate eco-friendly, sustainable design, give us a call.

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