10 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Building a Green Home

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Energy efficiency around your home not only helps out the environment, it also helps out your budget.  Installing energy star appliances that use less water and electricity, ensuring your home doesn’t having any leaks or cold spots and adding proper insulation are all things that you can do at any time around your home. If you are starting new and building your dream home, there is so much more you can do to make it green. Below are ten mistakes that you should avoid and learn from, before starting your green build. First, you should start with research. Know what you are building, how you are going to build and where you are building.  Next, it all starts with the initial design. Even if your budget isn’t limiting your square footage, you should think about what you actually need. Not only will a larger home increase your energy usage, the larger home will also use more building resources and have a larger foot print on your land. You should also consider the plot of land you are building on. Will you be disrupting a local Eco-system or create damage by bringing in utilities that don’t already exist? Once you start building you need to think about the materials that are being use, insulation, your roof and your energy consumption. Keep reading for more details on building a green home without common mistakes.

When building a green home one chooses to do so to reduce the harmful impact on the environment. Careful thought and consideration must be placed on every aspect of this home design, from the roof to the foundation to everything in between – electrical work, air quality, and affordability. It is important to lessen one’s footprint and not to disrupt the existing ecosystem. With all the knowledge and resources available to us today there really is no excuse for not being environmentally conscientious.

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