Are you fortunate enough to be constructing your dream house from scratch? Have you thought about building a green home? Home plan sales offer plenty of different options to choose from that can fit your budget and home needs, while still creating an eco-friendly home.
The extra cost of green construction is negligible when you consider that the average US monthly bill for electricity is around $97. Going solar can save you up to $1,164 a year.
Here are the basics of green construction that you simply can’t ignore as you browse home plans for sale.
Building a Green Home from the Ground Up
There are 3 factors to consider when deciding where to build your eco-friendly home.
- East-facing homes stay cooler in summer.
- Avoid building in an environmentally sensitive area.
- Choose a spot close to schools, work, and grocery stores to decrease your daily travel.
When you have found the ideal piece of land, choose a home plan to make the most of sunlight. These home plans eliminate the need to switch lights on during the day, making them environmentally friendly, while also being economical.
When it comes to eco-friendly buildings, the smaller, the better. You don’t want to waste energy and money for cooling and heating rooms that are hardly ever used. Finding a home plan for sale that maximizes the environmental details while minimizing the square footage can be the best way to save money and be eco-friendly.
Sustainable Building Practices
As much as possible, reduce, reuse, and recycle building materials to reduce the impact on the environment. If you can’t find suitable recyclable materials, find a supplier who uses sustainably harvested wood.
Choose flooring materials, such as bamboo and cork, that are responsibly produced. Linoleum is 100 percent recyclable and stays in immaculate condition for up to 20 years.
Installing the latest energy-efficient windows can reduce your heating costs by $500 per year. Choose a plan that is strategic in its use of windows, allowing natural light while positively impacting your energy bills. Programmable thermostats can be set to match your lifestyle. These tools help to prevent energy being wasted on heating and cooling your house when no one is home.
Solar power is the most popular environmentally friendly solution for heating, cooling, and lighting your new home. There is also wind and geothermal energy options. Keep in mind that these options all have higher initial investments, but they can pay off over the life of your home.
Drawing geothermal energy from the earth is an effective way to power heating and cooling systems in green buildings.
You can take your energy savings even further by installing energy efficient appliances and light bulbs throughout your home.
Collecting rainwater from gutter run-off is easy and you can use it in your garden or for washing your car.
The latest rainwater harvesting systems can hold up to 1,700 gallons at a time. You can plumb these into your washing machine and toilet cistern.
When you add tankless water heaters, water-wise washers, and low-flow faucet aerators to the mix, you will save even more.
Choosing the Right Home Plans for Sale
Are you still having difficulty deciding where to start? Take a look at our beautiful, sustainable, and practical home plans for sale that will help you build a green home.
See here for more information on the specifics of green home construction, home plans for sale with options for sustainable design, and how this can work for you.
If you have any questions, get in touch and we’ll set you on the right path towards a green lifestyle.
Hill Country Plans offers nearly a century combined with real-life experience and expertise in residential and commercial design and construction. We’re inspired by a love of architecture manifested through a fascination with blending raw materials and structural design concepts to create beautiful, functional structures.