Advancing with the changing world is essential to keep our environment healthy. Here at Waste Away, we are always looking for eco-friendly advancements and want to help people make the big and small changes to help create more sustainability for the present and future.
Building a green home can be an exciting project, but where do you start? In this blog, we will let you in on our eco-friendly construction tips which are cost-effective and relatively simple, whether it be a small or large project.
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It all starts with the location
If you want to find a home that is ideal for the environment, you need to consider a few points:
- Make sure your home isn’t west facing where the majority of your windows are. Making sure that you’re facing the right way ensures maximum exposure to the sunlight, meaning your house will stay warmer for longer.
- Check that public transportation and shops are nearby. This will help you to reduce your carbon footprint as you will not need to travel via car as much.
- Smaller is the best option- Having a smaller home means that you will not need to heat the house as often, reducing your bills and energy consumption.
An energy star label is found on most appliances that are designed and deemed as energy efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency. This will not only help save the environment, but it will also help you to save costs.
Air leaks around doors and windows will let the heat out of your house, meaning you will have to heat your house up more than necessary. You can also look out for the best insulation and make sure that insulation is around the whole house including the roof, floor and walls. Green insulation is considered the best type, you can buy different types of this including sheep’s wool, cotton, aerogel, rigid polystyrene and icynene.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
It all starts by buying only as much as you need, not overconsumption encouraged by discounts. Reuse any old doors, wood or windows for separate DIY projects or give them to someone who needs them. Recycled materials such as recycled glass, aluminium, recycled tile, reclaimed lumber and recycled plastic can be used in eco-friendly construction projects.
Eco friendly construction materials are our future
Using recycled materials is the way forward for creating an eco-friendly home. You can build this for every part of your home like roofing material, eco-friendly construction materials, cabinets and counters, and insulation. You can buy products to make sure that you are taking part in caring for the environment. These products tend to be made from recycled materials such as reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic and recycled glass. You can also buy products made from natural materials such as bamboo, cork and linoleum.
Non-organic paints release certain toxins that are harmful to the environment, so if you want to go fully sustainable, use organic paints.
If you’re planning to stay in your property for the long run while using the sun as your energy source, solar panels are the way forward. Solar panels take 15-25 years on average to make your money back on them- so a great investment for the future. The government has certain incentives to encourage people to get solar panels, so if you’re thinking about getting them, make sure that you take advantage!
LED lights are the best lighting solution for the environment. They can be a little expensive upfront but are cost-effective in the long run as they last longer and use less energy.
If you’re taking part in an eco-friendly construction project, we provide skips quickly, whilst making sure we dispose of the waste in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Get in touch with us at Wasteaway today.