We’d all love to live in environmentally-friendly housing. Not only because doing so cuts back on the amount of precious resources taken from the Earth, but because in so doing, we cut back on the money we spend on energy. But if your wallet is smaller than your eco-friendly ambitions, a green home may be hard to successfully obtain. Converting your home to a more environmentally sound one can be expensive, and the only thing more expensive is to have one built. But if you know what to look for in real estate leads you can purchase a relatively eco-friendly homestead without spending tons of money.
1. Insulation, insulation, insulation
Nothing is going to matter more in making your home an energy saver. While insulation is more or less the central issue in all following factors, the substance your house’s walls are filled with is the most important eco-related issue to sort out. Make sure it’s blanket insulation like fiberglass, even though less synthetic material like wool is becoming the norm for environmentalists.
If you have the option, always go with a brick structure. It insulates heat during the winter and keeps it out during the summer. Durability aside, you can count on a brick home to be more welcoming in the event of a future eco-friendly interior overhaul if you ever choose to commit to one.
This one doesn’t relate to insulation but it’s as important when saving electricity. Many older homes are built with absolutely no consideration paid towards the way light use conservation can be affected by the dispersing of the fixtures and switches throughout the home. One ceiling light in a big room can mean three localized lamps that waste energy. A poorly placed switch can mean a light is harder to remember to turn off. When walking through a potential home to buy, pay attention to the way the lighting is set up to see if a purchase is such a bright idea after all.
Windows, especially big ones, are fantastic additions to the aesthetic style of your home and can be a big part in why one home is sold over another. But windows can allow energy to get sucked out at a rate that can cripple your electric and gas budgets as well as any effort on your part to maintain an environmentally responsible home. If you fall in love with the windows make sure they’re properly insulated and provide adequate insulation.
5. The Neighborhood
The right location encourages walking, bicycling, recycling, and using windows for fresh air. The wrong location inhibits all of these things and encourages excessive vehicle use and reliance on artificial heating and cooling. Centrally located housing that rests in a safe neighborhood can obviously be pricier, but the returns can be as much every year when the extra cost is paid only once.
If you follow these simple steps you’ll be sure to find a home that’s eco-friendly as well as wallet-friendly. Putting yourself in the position where the most simple of energy reduction techniques are already employed by the very design of your home encourages the decision to further make the property green when funds become available. That’s definitely a foundation worth investing in.