Is Your Home Eco-Friendly? 3 Ways You Can Go Green While Building Or Maintaining Your Home

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Do you ever think about what happens to construction materials when they are hauled away from the work site? While some contractors recycle everything they can, much of what they can't goes into landfills. Although they do their best, they can't do recycle alone. It's up to you as a consumer to do more. So, if you're building a new home or repairing or remodeling the one you have, the choices you make go a long way in helping your contractor go green. Following are three ways you can make environmentally choices during construction.

Purchase Green Building Materials

You can almost always find a greener alternative when purchasing materials for your construction project. Whether you're replacing your roof, adding a room or building a brand new home, look for products that are environmentally friendly. Since you can find a recycled or re-purposed version of just about any building material you can think of, it's not as hard as it might seem. If you're not sure where to begin, work with contractors who are familiar with building green homes. 

Look for Ways to Save Energy

With any construction project, it's important to look for ways to make your home more energy efficient. By installing energy efficient appliances and light bulbs, you can dramatically lessen the amount of energy needed to run your home. Additionally, you can look for environmentally friendly ways to generate the energy you need. For example, installing solar panels for electricity generation or a cistern to collect rainwater can dramatically lower your carbon footprint. What's more, it will save you money on utility bills each month. And who doesn't love to save money?

Lessen Your Impact in the Environment Around Your Home

Construction projects often result in trees being cut down, streams being diverted and critters being ousted from their natural habitat. While some manipulation of the environment is unavoidable during construction projects, you can make choices that will allow you to lessen your impact on the natural environment around your home. To this end, many architects and contractors have started designing houses around the natural landscape instead of the other way around. 

As you can see, there are many ways you can help your contractor and places like Earhart Roofing Company Inc complete an environmentally friendly construction project. From choosing green materials to refusing to cut down trees and manipulate the environment, you can get the house you want while doing your part to save the environment. 

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