6 Energy Efficient Features for a Greener Home

When you consider going green, you’re likely thinking about how you can change your life to lessen your impact on the planet. We support this conscientious cause! There’s a lot of recent progress in eco-friendly technology. An eco-friendly home is more achievable now than ever before. Going green won’t just help protect the Earth, it can also enhance the quality of your life.

Here are some of the eco-friendly features available to you if you plan to add going green to your next renovation.

  1. Solar Panels

Image Credit:    Xcel Energy

Image Credit: Xcel Energy

Investing in solar power offers a variety of benefits to homeowners. A great personal advantage of a solar power system is that it can fundamentally lower a family's electricity bill. Additionally, solar energy is an inexhaustible and clean source of energy and is therefore not harmful for the environment.

While we are still in the early ages of solar power and there’s a long way to go before the general public can depend on it entirely, it’s worth investigating how it can help your home.

2. Natural Lightning & Ventilation

Image Credit:    Eco-Essence Homes

Image Credit: Eco-Essence Homes

If you’re planning a renovation that allows you to add more windows, plan it with the goal that the rooms you live in most also receive the most light. Allowing the air to circulate in your home naturally is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and therefore the electric bill.

3. Geothermal Energy

You may be wondering - what is geothermal heating? This type of energy is heat from the earth, making it cleaner and more sustainable for your home. Unlike other systems, geothermal energy does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases which causes air pollution. Not only will your energy bill be more efficient, but you are also helping the environment.

4. LED Technology

Image Credit:    Stereo Types

Image Credit: Stereo Types

Traditional bulbs can get unbelievably hot, especially when they remain on for a long time. With LEDs, this is never an issue.

According to Energy.gov, by 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices. LED light bulbs are significantly more energy efficient and have a more drawn out life expectancy, which diminishes waste and energy spent on traditional bulbs.

5. Think Green

Image Credit:    Matthieu Salvaing

Image Credit: Matthieu Salvaing

Green interior and exterior designs are becoming more popular through the years, with imaginative arrangements like indoor vertical gardens, outdoor rooftop gardens, and window gardens turning into the staple of sustainability and style in the cutting edge world. Vertical wall gardens are a recent trend in home structure and are the ideal method to acquire a touch of the outdoors.

Indoor plants are essential interior design. They are functional - absorbing carbon dioxide and increasing oxygen levels while also looking lovely. They can change the vibe and feel of a space. Plants give an abundance of health and well-being benefits to any interior space.

Tandem Tip: Read our blog post about How To Bring More Nature Into Your Home.

6. Sustainable Locally Sourced Building Materials

Image Credit:    The Global Villa

Image Credit: The Global Villa

According to Mike Stopka, Building & Built Environments Lead at Delta Institute, "There’s no material that’s perfect,” but some are more sustainable than others. "There are some common characteristics of materials that have low embodied energy," he said, such as being lightweight and locally sourced.

Sustainable building is a basic part of broadening endeavors to produce an ecologically responsible world. It's a fact — economically constructed green homes are more comfortable and healthier. Sustainable building materials also produce very little cancer-causing agents, VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds), and shape spores.

There are many eco-friendly features and smart building alternatives out there today that can enhance your home’s efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. Since green homes are quickly becoming mainstream, constructing an eco-friendly home is becoming more simple.

We hope this article gave you some ideas for a greener renovation. See how green you can go with your next home renovation venture with Tandem Construction.

Tandem Construction is a general contracting, project management and carpentry company delivering luxury home renovations in Vancouver and the North Shore. From kitchen, bathroom or living room renovations, creating an income producing suite or a total home renovation, our team of project managers, carpenters and a network of trades professionals are focused on making your dream home from vision to fruition. It all starts with a free consultation so we can determine your goals. Contact us today - call +1 (604) 398 8850 or e-mail hello@tandem-construction.com to get started.