How to build an eco-friendly house

Updated February 21, 2017

More people are choosing to go eco-friendly when building their house. Not only are eco-friendly homes good for the environment and the future of our planet, but they also have many advantages for the homeowner such as lower utility costs and healthier air quality.

Do the math. Deciding to build an eco-friendly house will cost you on average five to twenty percent more over the cost of standard construction. Research the eco-friendly features you are considering putting into your home and the average savings they should realize you on your utility bills to see how many years of utility savings it will take to recover the extra costs.

Choose eco-friendly materials when building your house. Materials that are locally produced, natural, sustainable, and require minimal processing when they are manufactured. Use non-toxic, safe materials and purchase only what you need. Plan your work so you don't over buy materials.

Install water saving devices in your home on the sinks, showers and the flush of the toilet. Reuse water by installing a rain water tank for flushing the toilet, doing laundry and watering the gardens.

Use energy from the sun. Install large double panel windows on the northern side of the house. Consider installing solar panels for heating water.

Insulate the house well for energy efficiency. Install double insulation in the ceilings to hold the heat from the sun.

Purchase only energy efficient appliances and light bulbs. Get the most energy efficient household appliances that you can afford.

Create healthy indoor air quality by only using only materials and paint which allow air to penetrate. Avoid carpets and other dust catching materials in the house by installing hard word floors.

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