Sustainable living and eco-friendly homes are becoming the predominant way of developing property today.
Whereas ‘eco-living’ used to be seen as an alternative lifestyle, individual homeowners, and house building companies and government regulations are now prioritising sustainable property development.
Worried about cost?
With its move into mainstream priorities and building regulations, sustainable materials for house building are much cheaper and more affordable than they used to be.
If buying sustainable materials is not the issue, but the general cost of a construction project or property development is stopping you from undergoing the development of your dreams, then there are solutions that can help you.
Applying for a development finance loan is an effective way of giving you the funding you need to get your project finished on time and to your idealised standard.
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Here are some tips to help you build a home that is the perfect balance between your dream home and a sustainable one:
1. Smaller builds
A smaller home with energy-efficient technologies is more environmentally and eco friendly than a large home with the same technologies. The impact is lower.
This does not mean that you have to completely compromise on size or live in a teeny tiny home, but smaller homes will have lower maintenance, heating, lighting and utility costs than larger and more traditional homes. You can opt for greener boilers and central heating for example. See more here.
2. The Power of Solar
A home that is dependent solely on renewable energy sources like solar or wind is the ultimate solution to a low-cost and sustainable electric supply. Benefits of solar panels.
More sustainable roofing materials (click here for more) can be chosen to help minimise heat loss, and accommodate solar panels. Want to know more about roofing materials?
You will be able to produce your own electricity, as well as take advantage of natural environmental factors like light and location and roof position.
3. Save Water
Reducing your water consumption is another way you can do your bit for the environment.
You can use fixtures such as low-flow faucet aerators, low-flow toilets, and energy-saving appliances. You can also do things like irrigating your garden, using rainwater to water your plants, and tankless heaters.
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