Preserving our homes, towns, and cities starts with environmentally conscious living. Green buildings don’t just help the environment at large, but they also have a direct impact on the lifestyles we lead in our hometowns. Today’s options for new constructions and renovations have exploded, allowing for use of modern spaces that leave little to no carbon footprint without harming our environment.
Let’s take a look at three ways to achieve green living while still enjoying modern spaces where any family would love to live.
Alternate Energy As The Foundation Of Green Buildings
Homes in America account for about one fifth of the total electricity used within the country. When it comes to reducing dependence on foreign energy and lowering our use of fossil fuels, alternate home energy sources are essential in green buildings. One of the most clean and abundant sources of energy without burning fossil fuels is wind power.
Incorporating wind power can be very easy; homeowners do not have to install a 150 foot tall wind turbine in neighborhood common areas! Many metropolitan areas already have wind power being pumped into the grid. Many electricity providers offer the ability to purchase wind power exclusively for use in the home. If the option isn’t offered, ask your provider to do so! This service usually entails a small, flat fee to help expand the amount of wind turbines in use. In return, homeowners know that any electricity they use does not result in more greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing the carbon footprint of green buildings could not be any easier.
Windows In Modern Spaces
Windows are one of the worst culprits when it comes to inefficient heating and cooling in a home. With some smart design choices and energy efficient windows, it is easy to create green buildings that use less energy for heating and cooling and keep their owners comfortable during the hot summer days and cold winter nights.
These windows are excellent investments as well. With tax credits and savings, they will often pay for themselves over the years. With the wide array of bold designs available, homeowners can still enjoy modern spaces in their homes.
New home and building construction is the best time to get involved in constructing green buildings. There are many opportunities to use natural resources, recycled materials, and good building practices starting from the ground up.
Building construction waste piles into landfills year-round. Utilizing recycled concrete blocks, steel, masonry, timber, and rubber keeps these materials out of landfills without depleting our natural resources. Inside, there are a number of eco-friendly options for construction and furnishing. Bamboo flooring combines a soft feeling underfoot and excellent heat and noise insulation with a renewable resource for the perfect blend of responsible living and modern spaces.
These three tips only scratch the surface of responsible building that can be used in creating modern spaces. Feel free to include Energy Star appliances to further enhance your new or renovated living space.