The greater demand for energy conservation has meant the home construction industry is using technology to help provide an eco-friendly living environment. Energy saving is a high priority, and with today’s solar panel technology, it is possible to create enough electricity to run your home, and sell the excess to the national grid. Solar panels also provide energy in cooler climates, with panels that can absorb sunlight, even on a cloudy day, which is ideal for any location.
These are a new generation of the prefab homes that were popular in the 1960’s, and by incorporating eco-friendly design, the factory-built dwelling is highly efficient, and has a low impact on the environment. There are several advantages to having your house built in a factory environment; the work is completed in optimum conditions, with no weather issues that regular construction faces. Modular homes are completed in a short time, as they are manufactured to order, also the building can be located, and the utility connections hooked up, in a single day.
A range of innovative materials
Home construction has come a long way in the past few decades, with the emphasis on reducing the environmental impact, stronger and lighter materials are used in the construction of the modern house. With good roof insulation and the right window film, you can drastically reduce energy bills, while maintaining a comfortable living temperature.
Harvest rain water by collecting it as it runs off the roof, and this can be used to supply sprinklers and toilets, which keeps the utility bills down.
Tank-less water heaters
These are energy efficient, with the water heated while passing through an electric coil, so only a small amount of water is heated, making it more economical and eco-friendly. By eliminating the need for a water storage tank, the extra space can be put to effective use.
By installing low-flow taps, showerheads, and toilets, you can significantly reduce water usage, while making your house more eco-friendly. Heavy appliances that use water, such as washing machines and dishwashers, should use the latest technology,which saves even more water.
LED and CFL bulbs might cost more than conventional ones, but they save energy by providing light from a small amount of power. Both interior and exterior lighting can benefit from the low-wattage bulbs available today.
The right builder
Make sure your builder is local, and has experience in the type of structure you want. A reputable construction company will have access to all the heavy equipment needed. Essential things like earth moving machinery, rotary screw compressors, and generators, all of which will be required at some stage.
The reasons why
These are some of the benefits of an eco-friendly home,
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Reduce your utility bills
- Encourage other family members to save energy by reducing the use of things during peak hours.
Any reputable builder will be fully aware of the many ways a house can become eco-friendly, and can offer expert advice on all aspects of design and construction, giving you an efficient living space that is environmentally friendly.