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There’s been a lot of talk about the green movement over the past year as the dangers of global warming increases. Americans and other countries from around the world have been looking for better ways to stall the destruction of the ozone layer and more ways that they can be more proactive in the green movement. The newest trend gaining momentum is green building, an effort to build a more environmentally friendly home. Before you jump into building your environmentally friendly home, there’s a few things you should plan out and keep in mind; going green is a bit more complex than the average building of a home, but it’s well worth it.

Think Small

No matter how noble your efforts to make a large home energy efficient are, a smaller home will always make less of an environmental impact. It takes less materials to construct the home, less energy to provide it with power, and creates less waste. Let’s breakdown just how downsizing can make less of an impact. We already stated that it takes less materials to construct a smaller home, it also takes less time, which means less usage of the machinery that has a tendency to be harmful to the environment. It also takes far less energy to cool or heat a small space than a larger one, not to mention the lack of waste heating or cooling rooms no one is occupying, and you’d require less lighting. It’s easier to clean a smaller home and requires less harsh chemical products to do so. A smaller home means a smaller environmental footprint.

Consider the Power of the Sun

Solar energy is finally becoming a viable solution for energy use in the United States and other developed countries. While it still accounts for just slightly under 1% of global energy consumption, it is growing at an unprecedented rate. Solar energy consumption is increasing by 102% every year. This is over 802 million quads of energy.

Why is solar power so viable?  Not only can the clean, efficient power of the sun help to save you money, but it can help you make money as well. Solar panels can help you save so much energy that you can sell some back to the utility company. By making this decision before the construction process begins, you are gifting yourself with a golden opportunity those that install solar panels later don’t have. You can design your home to be optimized for solar energy through the placement of your home in the yard to get the best access to the sun and optimal solar panel placement so you can get the most energy possible.

Find The Best Energy Star Products

The Energy Star program was developed in 1992. It was intended to minimize the global carbon footprint, reduce the pressure on nonrenewable resources and help organizations around the world minimize costs.

Since Energy Star products have been widely used for over a quarter of a century, experts have a better assessment of their energy saving potential. Energy Star products are used to cover over 3.7 billion square feet in over 25,000 buildings around the United States. They have helped organizations save over $3.4 billion.

However, some Energy Star products have much higher cost savings than others. You need to do your due diligence before investing in them, because you want to go for the highest cost savings possible. You will need to take a variety of factors into consideration, including the types of energy that you use, the size of your building and number of employees using it.

Energy Star products are those rated to be the greenest options for all your household appliances. When constructing a green home, it’s a good idea to plan out the ideal appliances for your home. Choosing Energy Star rated products can save you money, help conserve energy and water, and help to lower your footprint. Installing these products can help you improve your environmental footprint.

Green building can be the best decision for your new home that is both financially beneficial and good for the future. Building your house, the cleanest and greenest way possible, helps to reduce your environmental footprint. You can save money, conserve energy, and reduce your waste.

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