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Top 5 Tips for Planning a Green Home Addition

Building a home addition can be a great project if you want to really make your home into your dream home. There’s almost no limit to what you can build, and if you want to promote your green consciousness in your new construction, there are many things you can do. Consider these 5 tips for planning a green home addition.

  1. Invest in Solar Energy
    Solar energy is becoming more and more popular as a viable option for powering homes, and for good reason. After the initial investment in solar panel setup and infrastructure, you can power your home for free for years to come, Best of all, you can get power with zero emissions from energy companies that use coal, gas, or nuclear power to send electricity to your home and tons of waste into the surrounding environment. Consider installing solar panels on your home addition as an energy resource.
  2. Build a Greenhouse
    Really, nothing is greener than a greenhouse. Incorporating a structure like this into your home addition has so many benefits that it would be difficult to list them all. You can grow your own produce, have a nice enclosed garden that holds your own small piece of nature, and make your home greener and more beautiful than ever. This is a great way to make use of free time as well, cultivating everything from exotic flowers to aromatic herbs. Make your house green by giving it a greenhouse.
  3. Invest in Good Insulation
    The cost of temperature control in homes is higher than ever, and the effect on the environment has never been more significant. Energy doesn’t come easy, after. Considering eschewing heating and air conditioning in your home addition altogether. Quality insulation will help keep your addition warm in the winter, and good air circulation will keep it cool in the summer. Save yourself a bundle of money and complications by making your green home addition stand alone without hot or cold air being pumped in.
  4. Build in Harmony
    One of the biggest problems with a lot of the buildings in the US and around the world is that they try to conquer nature rather than working with it. The need for air conditioning, for example, is often a result of houses that aren’t built to repel heat and that lack ventilation. Read up on progressive green architecture to get ideas for making your home addition a structure that exists in harmony with its environment rather than constantly fighting against it.
  5. Hire Help if Needed
    There are some projects that you simply can’t complete on your own, and a home addition is one of the biggest tasks of all. If you’re not well versed in construction, or even if you are, you might consider hiring a service like Global Crane to help with your green home construction. They will make sure your plans are realistic, and can also help make sure your building licenses are all in order. If any part of your project is unrealistic, unsafe, or requires different licensure, it’s important to know before you start building.
Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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