June 16, 2015 / By Trusst Builder Group
Buying a new home is always an exciting experience. But, after the excitement was worn off and you get back to living day-to-day life, old concerns start creeping back in, like how to manage your home’s utility bills.
At Trusst Builder Group, energy conservation plays a major role in every new home we build. But, homeowners should never simply rely on their builders when it comes to being as energy-efficient as possible. Here, our home builders in Wilmington NC share some helpful tips on how to make your home more eco-friendly after the builders go home and you move in.
Eco-Friendly Tips for the Living Room
Although it’s common for homeowners to outfit their new homes with suites of brand new furniture, eco-conscious families may be better served by purchasing gently-used furniture from a quality local seller. Or, if you really want to have new furniture, at least shop for pieces made using non-toxic glues, sustainable materials, organic fabrics, and wood that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. For flooring, go with rugs made from sustainable fibers that are free of synthetic dyes.
Going Green in the Kitchen
With all of its appliances, the kitchen is one of the heaviest energy users in the home. As a result, equipping your kitchen with appliances that meet the Energy Star guidelines is important for keeping your energy use under control. Another great tip for being more eco-friendly is to start collecting your organic food scraps for the compost pile. Using a one-gallon stainless steel compost bucket allows you to collect scraps all week long for deposit into your compost bin so it can be turned into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.
Energy-Saving Tips for the Bedroom
Installing ceiling fans in your home’s bedrooms enable your rooms to stay cooler without relying so heavily on the air conditioning. But, what many don’t know is that using your fans in the winter delivers similar savings on your utility bills. The fans circulate warm air, bringing it down from the ceiling and thus making the entire room more comfortable. Installing thermal cotton drapes will also help to keep your rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. As for your bedding, go with organic cotton bedding that’s free of synthetic materials and dyes.
Bathroom Solutions for Eco-Conscious Homeowners
One of the best things you can do for the planet is to install a recirculating water pump under your bathroom sink. This appliance delivers hot water instantly and can save as much as five gallons of water with each use. Other tips – install an aerated showerhead and a low-flow toilet. The shower head alone will help save roughly 2,500 gallons of water per person per year.
Trusst’s Home Builders in Wilmington NC Specialize in Energy Conservation
At Trusst Builder Group, conserving energy is at the core of our business. We build homes using some of today’s most eco-responsible materials and methods. With a new home from Trusst, you’ll be well on your way to building the most eco-friendly lifestyle possible.
Visit Trusst Builder Group today or schedule a consultation with one of our home builders in Wilmington, NC to learn more about the innovative eco-friendly solutions we offer. Just give us a call today at 910-371-0304.