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How to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

Custom Homes | June 13, 2019

Knowing how to make your home environmentally friendly will not only help you live a more sustainable lifestyle but also to save money in the long run. At Ridgepoint Homes, we understand the benefits of incorporating environmentally friendly elements in our custom home designs.

Install a Smart Meter

Installing a smart meter can help you effectively control how much energy is being used to heat your home. Smart meters are designed to be programmed to turn the heat on in your home only at certain times of the day, which means that you can easily set your smart meter to only turn on the heat while you are home.

Switch to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

One of the easiest ways you can make your home more environmentally friendly is to invest in the right lightbulbs. Since energy efficient lightbulbs use less electricity and are designed to last longer, making the switch will not only help you save money but also reduce your carbon footprint.

Install Solar Panels

If you are really serious about living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, having solar panels installed on the roof of your home can provide you with completely clean electricity; however, it is important to note that solar panels are a long-term investment, as it could take up to 20 years to break even depending on the area you live in.

Invest in Insulation

Another easy way to improve the efficiency of your home is to ensure that you are using as little energy as possible. Investing in good insulation will help your home hold in the heat, cutting down on the amount of energy being burned every time the house needs to be reheated. When having insulation installed in your home, make sure that the inside of all the walls and the roof are completely covered.

Install Energy Efficient Windows

Similar to investing in insulation, it is always a good idea for homeowners to consider double glazing the windows in the house or having energy efficient windows installed. Energy efficient windows are specifically designed to keep cold air out and warm air in. All energy efficient windows are also multi-glazed and have a low-E coating.

If you would like to learn more about how to make your home environmentally friendly, or if you are interested in one of our custom home building services, please contact Ridgepoint Homes at 604-768-7664 or by filling out a contact form on our website.