The new year is the best time for resolutions and change. Why not start by redesigning your home to be trendier and more sustainable? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite ideas to help you get started. From using natural materials to incorporating innovative technology, there are plenty of ideas to make your home eco-friendlier. Keep reading for inspiration!
Utilizing Energy Efficient Appliances
Indoor air quality and the energy performance of a home can be improved by using Energy Star-rated appliances. Energy Star appliances are certified to use 20-40% less electricity than standard models, thereby reducing the overall environmental impact of your home and saving you money on monthly utility bills.
A residential architect can help you identify and choose energy-efficient appliances like low-flow toilets, low-energy lighting, and efficient HVAC systems.
Installing Sustainable Materials
Sustainable materials like bamboo, recycled glass, and reclaimed wood are aesthetically pleasing and help reduce your carbon footprint. A residential home builder can work with you to source these materials or advise you on how to use them in your home. In addition, they can research the local and regional environmental regulations that govern building materials to ensure your project aligns with sustainability-focused requirements and standards.
Optimizing Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is one of the easiest ways to reduce your home’s energy consumption. By strategically positioning windows and skylights, home remodeling professionals can help you reduce your reliance on electrical lighting, reducing heat loss and creating a brighter, more inviting living space.
Architects can also add passive solar design elements to allow maximum sunshine without impacting your heating and cooling bills.
Incorporating Green Roofs and Walls
Green roofs and walls can provide a great way to add an extra layer of sustainability to your project. Not only do green roofs and walls help reduce air pollution, but they also reduce the amount of energy needed to cool interior spaces in hot climates. Sustainable home remodeling projects can incorporate green roofs and walls to provide additional insulation, reduce runoff, and create a more aesthetically pleasing exterior.
Call Centre Sky Architecture at one of our offices (Montana, Utah and Colorado), for all your sustainable design and green building needs! We specialize in residential architecture and strive to create beautiful, energy-efficient homes using the latest sustainable technologies.