Building your home is an exciting venture, but it is also one that requires making a ton of decisions. If during your decision-making process, you make the choice to ensure that your home is environmentally friendly and energy efficient, you’ll want to consider these three ways to go green when building your home.
Green Spray Foam Products for Insulation
When a home is energy-efficient it usually translates to paying less to heat your home and to keep it cool. Installing insulation is one of the best ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home.
You may have heard that closed-cell spray foam insulation works particularly well as it is air-tight and approved FEMA for being flood resistant. There are drawbacks to this kind of insulation, however, one of which is that the material the spray foam is made out of contains dangerous chemicals. If you are looking for a green spray foam insulation option, you can try soybean-based spray foam or plant-based polyurethane rigid foam.
Solar Panels to Help Generate Power
If you are hoping to not have to pay an arm and a leg for your electric bill in your newly-built home, installing solar panels will help. While having solar panels installed on the roof of your home might cost a lot upfront, it can end up saving you money in the long run.
There are also many incentives from the government when it comes to installing solar panels. One such incentive allows a 30% tax break. If you are fortunate enough to live in a state that has an excellent solar rating, there may be other incentives as well.
Recycled Steel Provides Durability and Friendly to the Environment
When it comes to building your home, there are certain types of materials available that can make your home environmentally friendly. One such material that is popular when building a home is recycled steel. If you want to do your part to save the trees, this is a great way to do it.
Instead of using wood, which can take 40 to 50 trees to build a home that is 2,000 square feet, recycled steel is a viable option. When the frame of the home is made with recycled steel, it takes no more than six scrapped cars to do it. By using recycled steel instead of wood, you are not only helping the environment, your home will be more likely to withstand earthquakes and high winds.