As more and more information continues to surface about the non-renewable resources we all use on a daily basis, the more popular and trendy, eco-friendly lifestyles are — including the one we live at home. Living a more green lifestyle not only saves you money on your monthly energy bills while doing your part to help protect the Earth, but a lot of times, it’s even healthier.
If you live in the Cheyenne area or are planning to relocate, you know how vastly beautiful Wyoming is. With a mix of prairie and mountains and immaculate weather, it is the place to set down roots. At Guardian Homes, we continue to add new homes to our Cheyenne communities of The Pointe, Country Homes, and Thomas Heights. There are new homes for sale daily, so you too can have a small slice of Wyoming bliss. If you’re interested in how you can save money on your energy bills and have a healthier environment, explore with us today on what it looks like to make your new home build eco-friendly.
Easy Eco-Friendly Tips
While you don’t have to go as far as investing in a compostable toilet, there are easy swaps and changes you can make to your new home.
Low-VOC paints – Volatile organic compounds exist in paint and were crucial to the performance of the paint, even though they emit toxins. Because there were no other options on the market, low-VOC or zero-VOC paints were developed to make a home healthier and better for the environment. The health benefit is that they reduce toxins in the home, cutting down on allergies and chemical sensitivities for people, and they are better for the environment because fewer toxins go into the water system and the ozone is better intact.
- Appliances – Invest in appliances that are energy efficient and meet Energy Star standards. This can be for appliances, such as the dishwasher and refrigerator, and sometimes washers. Dryers are extremely inefficient so the government doesn’t give them a rating — instead try installing a clothes drying rack when you go to design your laundry room.
- Reconsider the hot-water heater – We’re not asking you to ditch the shower and bath altogether, but instead think of installing a recirculating water pump. This is instant hot water, and it saves three to five gallons of water every time it is used! You can also install a low-flow toilet while you’re at it to save 1.6 gallons of water when you flush!
- Switch to LEDs – This swap is hard for a lot of people because many enjoy the soft, yellow glow of non-LED bulbs, so start with replacing a couple. LEDs can last up to ten years and work more efficiently, saving you money each month. If the blue tint really gets to you, there are options now that offer more of the yellow-based light.
- Eco-flooring – Carpet and other types of flooring are notorious for leaching harmful chemicals, so opt for a carpet that is hypoallergenic, free of VOCs, and recycled. If you want a home with mixed flooring types, bamboo, concrete, and cork flooring are all great alternative options.
- Install ceiling fans – Ceiling fans are great for utilizing the indoor air temperature in both the winter and summer seasons. Hot air rises, so if you run your fan at a low speed in reverse, it helps to heat your home in the winter, and the opposite is true for the summer! Watch your energy bills drop!
“Going green” doesn’t have to be extreme, as there are small swaps you can make to your home, including using low-VOC paints, energy-efficient appliances, recirculating hot water heater, LED lighting, eco-flooring, and ceiling fans.
Find out more information about what you can do to be eco-friendly in your new home build and connect with Homes by Guardian today.