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Green Design – Homes with a Conscience

by CustomHomes on Monday, July 10, 2017

Going green is becoming more and more common. It refers to leading a more environmentally friendly, and ecologically responsible, life. It’s often accomplished by protecting natural resources, spreading awareness, and buying locally. Going green counters the rising carbon emissions and maintains the land so that we can become a more sustainable country.

Here are some tips and suggestions for green design

Light Bulbs & Energy

Replace any regular light bulbs with CFL light bulbs. These consume less energy and are worth the slightly extra price.

If you have the space, and money, consider alternative energy sources like solar, geothermal, or wind power.

Programmable thermostats can be pricey, but if you can afford them they save you money in the long run. These thermostats can be set to monitor and adjust your heating and cooling while you are out of the house. They will make sure that your ventilation system does not go on for longer than necessary, and in doing so reduce your heating and cooling bills as well as reduce energy usage overall.

One of the primary ways you can help have a green design is by changing your lifestyle. Being more conscientious about how much energy you use, and how necessary it is, goes a long way. Turn off lights when you’re not using them, and put any other energy users to rest as well.

Recycle

Recycle, recycle, recycle. You receive as much as you give when you recycle your materials. It doesn’t need to be solely in properly disposing materials, but also in making use of old ones, and turning them into something new.

“Living Roof”

Consider what is called a “living roof”. If you have a flat roof, turn it into a garden. Not only will this look beautiful, but it will catch and filter rainwater to insulate your home better, and prevent rainwater from dribbling into the sewer system.

Water Consumption

Water consumption is becoming an increasingly worrisome subject in American life. Think about the appliances in your home and how much water they use. Try to replace some with appliances that minimize water usage as much as possible. Consider how much water you use in your day-to-day life, and whether it is necessary.

New technology is being created every day to help sustain our environment. Keep on the lookout for any new ideas and advances to help make your home greener!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com