Ten easy steps for creating a green home
 

South Africa has very good solar and wind resources yet the development of renewable energy has been slow to take off. It is amazing how many people want to embrace renewable energy by creating green offices and homes, but they have no idea where to start. Whether your end goal is to help conserve the environment, become carbon neutral or save energy, here are a ten tips to get you started.
 

Recycle

This might seem like the most obvious place to start, but unfortunately South Africans don’t have a recycling mindset. On top of that many municipalities don’t have the infrastructure geared towards recycling.
 
So why is it important to recycle?

  • Waste items could become economic resources and open the door for new industries if channeled in the right direction.
  • It could save households and complexes money.
  • Less waste on landfills means less methane and other greenhouse gasses being emitted.

Put your lights on timers

Even if we go out of our way to be as responsible as possible, we all forget the lights on every now and then.
It is a good idea to purchase some timers and program them to go on at the most appropriate time. This way you could save a lot of energy.
 

Keep a garden

Keeping a garden and growing your own herbs and vegetables will help you save money as well as help become carbon neutral.
 

Repair old goods

You might be tempted to to throw away that old broken table, chair or couch, but don’t. Rather fix it yourself and cut down on waste at landfills. Or upcycle, in other words find a different use for the old piece of furniture.
 

Concentrate on windows and doors

Insulation is extremely important when building a new house. Heating and cooling of a house could amount 50% of the home’s energy consumption. Leaks around windows, doors or ducts could amount to extreme heat loss.
 
Proper insulation could reduce your energy consumption quite radically and as a result save you a substantial amount on your utility bill at the end of the month.
 

Efficient faucet systems

Efficient faucet systems will help you save energy, water and money. They don’t have to be expensive and are easy to install as well.
 

Choose sustainable products

When choosing flooring make sure to choose from rapidly renewable resources, such as bamboo. It’s one of the fasted growing plants in the world. Bamboo requires no replanting and little fertilization or pesticides.
 

Install solar panels

Solar is a clean renewable resource. The initial installation might be a bit costly, but it is an investment and will save you a lot in the long run as well as add value to your house.
 

Compost

If you create a compost corner in your backyard you can nourish your garden and cut down on fertilizing costs in the spring. You can also cut down on wastage by using leftover veggies and fruit in your compost heap.
 

Eco-Friendly Lighting

LED lights might be a bit more expensive, but they use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Since they offer significant cost savings in the long run, they can be ideal for your new green home.
 
Contact Soventix here to find out more about solar power systems.

 
 
 
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