What Makes Your Myrtle Beach Home Green?
This St. Patrick's Day, quit searching for that pot of gold and get inspired to go green! But what does it mean to go green and how can we be environmentally friendly when remodeling or building a new home? CRG Companies believes in building and construction practices that go beyond the industry standards with a team that is knowledgeable and experienced with designing homes that are both sustainable and energy efficient. By preserving water and reducing energy consumption in your Myrtle Beach home, you can not only reduce your impact on the environment but save money by lowering your monthly utility bills. Here are some of the ways our team can make your new or existing home green.
Reduced Energy Use
Energy comes in many forms such as electricity, natural gas, oil, etc. The creation or use of this energy results in greenhouse gas emissions that affect our planet in a negative way.
Methods of Reducing Energy Usage
Tight Insulation– One of the best things that you can do to make your Myrtle Beach home green is to ensure that the walls, windows, attic, and floors are all well insulated and draft free. The majority of the energy used in a home goes towards heating and cooling the inside. Energy efficient windows and doors as well as good insulation will prevent the comfortable air temperature from escaping your home and save money on your utility costs.
Energy Monitoring Systems- Smart Homes are not only equipped with energy efficient appliances but the technology controlling them serves as a monitoring system allowing homeowners to oversee just how much energy is being used. It’s an excellent tool to help manage and change wasteful consumption behaviors and cut down your gas and electricity bills.
Energy Star Appliances– If you haven’t already, consider making the switch now. Installing an appliance that meets energy star
requirements ensures that it will use over 30 percent less electricity or fuel than a typical appliance of that type.
Advanced Mechanical Systems– On demand tankless water heaters, geothermal HVAC equipment, and even solar power are great ways to reduce the amount of energy that is wasted to run the plumbing, heat and air, and electrical systems in your home. While these units may have a higher upfront cost than a typical system of its kind, tax incentives from the government can offset a good deal of the extra cost and allow you to make the money back within a few years.
Reduced Water Use
Water is another essential resource that can be preserved in our day to day use around the house while simultaneously saving money.
Low-Flow Fixtures– This is a great choice when considering remodeling or building a new home. Low-flow fixtures such as shower heads, toilets, and faucet aerators are several options for reducing water usage. Low Flow shower heads have a flow rate of less than 2.5 GPM as opposed to 5.5 GPM of a regular shower head. Low Flow toilets are designed to use half the amount of water of traditional toilets. A low-flow toilet can save more than 20,000 gallons of water per year in a four person household providing homeowners with substantial savings on monthly water bills.
Efficient Clothes Washers– Many of the newer front loading clothes washers use 45% less water than your typical washer saving you more than 3,000 gallons of water each year. Efficient washers also have a greater tub capacity meaning fewer loads for the same amount of laundry.
Use Rainwater For Irrigation– Rainwater is one of nature's most valuable resources. For those who want to really cut down on water usage at very little cost, storage tanks that capture rainwater during storms can in turn be used for non-potable purposes such as watering landscaping, toilet flushing, bathing, and clothes washing. What better way to recycle free water?
Design And Build Green
Fortunately, these practices are beneficial to our planet and helping you live more economically. That pot of gold might not be out of reach after all! There are many ways to make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly and our team can help. We build with sustainable products, materials, and practices from design to construction to maintenance and renovation. Contact us today.