When you begin designing or redesigning your Eco Home, you have a few decisions to make. Can you reduce your energy consumption? Will you use sources of renewable energy and other alternative power sources? How will you maintain the aesthetic appeal of your Eco Home? And, perhaps most importantly, will you live within the limits of the law as set forth by your community and county?
The first and most important question when it comes to creating your eco home is, “What are you willing to sacrifice?” The amount of time, money, energy, and personal risk involved in installing solar panels and wind turbines requires careful consideration and assessment. If your commitment is not strong enough, you will not be successful in building your own home. However, creating your own home using sustainable energy sources and using less natural resources in general helps us become more self-sufficient, which makes us more environmentally friendly. For many, this is the most important aspect of designing an Eco Home.
As mentioned above, part of the “Eco Home” design is to consider the impact of your actions on the environment. How will you deal with building your own home, as opposed to purchasing a home that sits on a piece of property? What can you do today to reduce your energy consumption? Will you go “green” by installing energy efficient appliances? What can you do to build your own home using materials that will reduce your dependence on foreign oil?
The second part of creating your eco home is to determine what kind of energy will be used in your home. This involves a variety of considerations, such as the amount of electricity you expect to need, the cost of electric power, and the cost of hiring a contractor to install wind or solar power systems for your home. Another area of consideration is what type of fuel you will be using to run your home. Some people choose to use wood in their Eco Home, while others choose to use an alternate fuel such as organic matter. No matter which fuel you choose, however, you must make sure that you are driving it only in environmentally safe ways.
When you have decided on the specific components of your home, you can begin the construction process. You may choose to have a do-it-yourself home built in a kit from a local hardware store. Or you may decide that you would prefer to hire a company to build your Eco Home. If you choose the latter, you should always shop around and find the best deal, but also be sure that you understand the contract the company is offering.
When building your own home, be sure that you follow local codes, so that your home will be built in compliance. Once your home is completed, you may want to think about hosting periodic home parties where you can talk with other homeowners about the pros and cons of living in an Eco Home. Many people find that going green has many other benefits besides saving money. For example, they find that they enjoy being more earth conscious and that they help to protect the environment. This may lead them to take further steps to being sustainable and to take control of their energy use.