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If you are thinking of building a new house or remodeling your existing home, there is more to consider than the latest kitchen and flooring styles. The homes of the future don’t just have the latest and greatest finishes, they are eco-friendly and ultra-efficient.
Going green helps you maximize the value of your home, lower living expenses, and make living in your home more comfortable. Renewable energy options and all-electric homes with integrated management systems are among the hottest home trends.
Understanding what energy solutions work best in your area allows you to get the most out of your investment. For example, if you live in an area targeting clean transportation like Portland Maine, installing EV charging at home is a smart move.
How and Why You Should Modernize Your Home for a Sustainable Future
Housing is in high demand and in short supply everywhere, which means the cost of housing has rocketed to extraordinary heights. Even places that have historically been more affordable are seeing dramatic increases. Clean renewable energy, used efficiently, will reduce your living costs and your carbon footprint, alongside adding incredible value to your home.
How to Generate Your Own
Electricity can be produced cleanly through a variety of sustainable methods, depending on your location’s natural resources. Consulting a renewable energy expert can help you find the best solutions for you.
Solar energy is the most popular, well-supported, and affordable renewable resource. However, other renewables are gaining popularity. The technology and support available for Wind and Geothermal are developing quickly and may be good choices in your area.
Why You Should Consider It
Many existing power plants burn fossil fuels for energy. Although changes to the commercial utilities are happening, why wait?
You can have clean, sustainable energy now while being cost-effective. Your investment will balance out with monthly utility savings, and you may be able to sell any surplus energy.
You can immediately reduce or even delete your carbon footprint. At the same time, your system adds to the overall strength of your area’s power grid.
How To Go All-Electric
Traditionally, appliances for cooking and heating burned gas or oil, but today’s electric versions perform better. Replacing fuel-burning appliances with all-electric is easy and frees you from the need for fuel tanks or pipes on your property. Plus, state-of-the-art technologies and design allow for integrating control with whole-house management systems.
Why You Should Go All-Electric
Gas and Oil burning appliances produce methane, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. You may know how harmful these greenhouse gases and air pollutants are to the global environment. However, they also degrade your indoor air quality, even when turned off. A recent study from Stanford found that even when not in use, gas-burning stoves emit significant levels of methane.
Reduce Energy Waste
How It Works
The smartest way to get started is with an energy audit to determine where you consume and lose energy. Consulting a green-energy specialist will help you develop a strategy for combining solutions and getting the best results.
The home of the future has more than energy star appliances. Integration is the key. Ultra-efficient energy usage, a weather-tight structure, capturing passive energy, even landscaping can play a role.
Why You Should Reduce Waste
Energy waste benefits absolutely nobody and much of it is easily prevented. If you are building a new home or renovating an existing home, you don’t have to choose between style and comfort or sustainability. Today’s most comfortable and stylish homes benefit from sustainable materials and technologies.
Use Sustainable Materials
How To Find Sustainable Resources
Choosing to use building materials made from sustainable resources is a smart decision. Finding sustainable alternatives to environmentally unfriendly materials isn’t always easy though.
Luckily, responsible stewardship and eco-friendly products are growing in popularity. The benefits of sourcing products, like lumber with FSC certification or paint with low VOCs, is well worth the extra effort.
Another hot trend is reusing and repurposing materials that otherwise would end up in a landfill. Consumers are willing to pay for upcycling and you can add real value to your home in addition to reducing your carbon footprint.
Just about anything and everything you need for remodeling or building a new home is available in a greener option. You may need some creativity or spend a bit more time researching, but the satisfaction and return on investment is worth it.
Why You Should Use Sustainable Resources
Your health, your family’s health, and the planet’s health are affected by the materials you choose. Many commonly used materials used in the past and available today, contribute to the worsening environmental problems.
You make a difference when you choose materials harvested responsibly by keeping natural non-renewable resources from being depleted. When you identify where toxic chemicals like lead, asbestos, arsenic, and formaldehyde are hiding and find alternatives, you make your home and community safer and greener.
What Are You Waiting For?
When you know how to remodel or build sustainably and why it matters, why wouldn’t you choose to go green? If you are planning for the future, it just makes sense to plan sustainably. Contact us today!