Many homeowners are looking to incorporate sustainable infrastructure into their homes. Rainwater harvesting is a sustainable water-catching and filtration method that captures rain and funnels it through a series of gutters to a cistern. In the cistern, water can be stored or transferred into a home for non-potable use—toilet or shower water—or filtered with UV…

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Making your home more sustainable is good for the environment and your wallet. The average sustainable home is 60 to 70 percent more energy-efficient than a traditional residence.  For homeowners, this means big savings on your utility bill. Financial benefits aside, making your home more sustainable has benefits on a personal level, as it presents…

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A drought affects the amount of water municipal utilities have available. When you save rainwater to use in your home, however, you can offset some of these shortages. There are both advantages and disadvantages of rainwater harvesting to consider. Pros Many homeowners become interested in harvesting rainwater for financial benefits. Depending on the size of…

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Have you ever wondered what geothermal heating and cooling are all about? With more than a million people using the earth provided heat, it can be easy to see how the eco-friendly home heating and cooling source will become even more popular in the coming years. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency supported geothermal heat as…

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Heating and cooling your home can be one of the highest expenses in your monthly budget. Uncomfortable temperatures during summer and winter months can cause your power bills to skyrocket. How you choose to run your heat and AC can also be one of the easiest ways to either conserve or waste energy. If you’re…

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The federal government has established a Code for Sustainable Homes to clarify the qualifications that help builders improve sustainability. Some of the following factors are mandatory to be considered within the code, and some are simply recommended. Emissions and Usage To be considered sustainable, your home must not exceed the maximum CO2 emissions. Along the…

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Creating a sustainable home involves more than just taking into account what you want for your family. In addition to your own needs, sustainable living incorporates how to best live in harmony with the environment of your home’s location. Here are some options professional contractors can utilize to make your home more ecologically friendly. Structure…

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When it comes to making your lifestyle more eco-friendly, one of the best things you can do is make the new house you’re getting ready to build a sustainable home to the greatest extent possible. Here’s what to keep in mind as you go through the process.

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