5 Ways To Go Green When Building A New Home

E3 power is all about putting the power of choice and responsibility back into the hands of Colorado homeowners. We want to give you the tools you need to make informed decisions no matter your socioeconomic status.

Whether you are building your own home, adding an addition or looking to better equip your already existing home we have some suggestions that will work for you.

1. Build Your Home Vertically

When building a new home it is best to build up rather than outward if your goal is to save money and go green. The most expensive part of building a home will be your roof and foundation and building up reduces the surface area for both of these things.

You will also reduce the amount of plumbing and duct runs by building this way, in turn, reducing the amount of energy being used in the home. Multi-level homes have a higher surface area to volume ratio so they do not need to use as much energy to heat and cool your home.

2. Use The Landscape To Your Advantage

Pay close attention to the landscape and build not only to enhance beauty but to enhance energy efficiency. Trees and bushes can act as barriers and shade to keep out too much sun or depending on the climate allow the sun to come in to heat your home. An overhang can also achieve the same goal by providing a shield from high angle sun.

Building your house on level ground as opposed to a slope will help to save you money. The longest side of your home should face south to have as much sunlight in your home as possible.

3. Shop Sales and Re-Stores

Going green is not simply about lowering energy cost, there are many more factors involved and one of them is reusing and recycling. Sheet metal from your local recycling store is a great alternative to asphalt shingles. Many areas have stores that sell new and like a new home and building supplies.

Buying housing materials used does not mean the quality is inferior by any means. You can find a plethora of things to use for your home from lumber to nails and even things like doorknobs.

4. Take Your Insulation Seriously

Insulation is serious business, meaning you get what you pay for, so make sure you invest in quality. Investing in your insulation can save you a ton on your heating and air bill every month.

Make sure the area around your windows, doors, and vents has a good seal and that any caulking is done well and remains in good repair. Air can escape and come in from these areas as well.

5. Invest In Solar Panels

Solar panels are a great investment for those on a mission to go green. Depending on the amount of sunlight your lot gets you could power your entire home.

The government offers tax breaks for those that install solar panels and the state has incentives as well. The best part is that you could actually sell excess electricity back to the grid!

We Want To Help You

E3 Power wants to create solutions for Colorado residents and that is why we provide a number of services for your home or business. We can help to make sure that you have no air leaks and perform home energy audits that will take you one step closer to a green space you can be proud of. Give our team a call today to find out how we can help you.


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