A home is a place where you feel safe, secure, and comfortable. But a sustainable home offers more than these. Let’s find out why you should start investing in sustainability.
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Low Operating Costs
Did you know that LED bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent lights? And that its average lifespan is almost 20 times longer?
Something as simple as replacing your light bulbs at home with more energy-efficient products can significantly reduce your annual energy consumption. What more if you redesign your entire home around sustainability?
Sustainable homes are constructed using techniques that reduce operating costs, such as enhancing daylight inside living space and solar heating. Most of the construction materials are also long-lasting, which means fewer repair expenses over time.
Less Environmental Footprint
Max Funding investment consultant Shane Perry, expresses his support on sustainable building,” Investing in highly-durable materials decreases your environmental footprint. Think about replacing the pergola every 3-5 years. You will have to remove and dispose of the existing materials and purchase new ones. All the processes involved in this project add to your environmental footprint.”
Sustainable homes are built with the goal of “using less” to mitigate deforestation, pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change.
Energy and Water Efficiency
According to data from the Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian households account for almost 20% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. An average household produces around 7 tones of greenhouse gases each year.
Green homes reduce reliance on non-renewable sources of energy, which tend to be more costly and more threatening to the environment.
Energy efficiency is the core of sustainable buildings. This is why sustainable homes often include solar roofing’s, closed foam insulation, glazed windows, enclosed attic spaces, and skylights. All of these reduce the work of heating and cooling systems, which makes up 40% of household energy use.
Sustainable homes also maximise water usage with the help of high-quality plumbing, advanced irrigation systems, and high-efficiency appliances.
Zero-net energy buildings use only the amount of energy it creates.
Increased Property Value
Environmental consciousness has surged in popularity in the past decade as people are exposed to the effects of environmental destruction. For this reason, eco-friendly homes are also becoming more appealing. Many home buyers realize that sustainable homes can easily return their investment through energy efficiency and durability. Not to mention the tax credits!
In some relevant studies, it was revealed that energy-efficient homes tend to fetch higher prices than less energy-efficient properties.
Green home building practices also considers health and safety as a priority. Paints, finishes, cleaners, and adhesives used in green homes contain fewer synthetic chemicals. There is also sufficient ventilation and proper exit of any waste materials. All of these bring a sense of calm and security to the inhabitants.
Sustainable homes consume less energy, generate less carbon footprint, and increase the return of investment. All of these can improve the quality of life and contribute to the whole community. So if you’re decided to take your environmental consciousness to a larger scale, contact Green Homes Australia.