DIY Green Energy For Homes

3 Green Home Projects You Can Do When Building New Homes

There are plenty of green home projects you can do when building a new home to help use water, energy, and natural resources in a new and efficient environmentally friendly way.

Have you considered substituting cement for fly ash? Fly ash is great because it produces a type of concrete much more durable than concrete made completely with cement.

Fly ash is also popular because it produces a smoother concrete with fewer clumps and cracks than Portland concrete.

Fly ash concrete is even more resistant to water and damage than regular concrete, and that's why many states now require high fly- ash content used for the construction of roading construction.

The best thing using about fly ash instead of cement is that it diminishes the negative environmental impact, with every ton of fly ash used saving enough electricity to power a home for nearly a month.

Using fly ash in concrete is one of the best decisions you can possibly make, and helps the environment at the same time. Fly ash doesn't cost any more than concrete. So why not say to your concrete provider: "I want 35% fly ash"

Why not try building with reclaimed materials?

Great resources such as wood, metal and stone are thrown away in the junk despite being in great condition and definitely still usable. It is a good idea to use old materials for new use because there is no environmental impact and at the same time you can take advantage of the old fashion charm of recycled materials.

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Another benefit of the use of reclaimed materials is that this is one project that you can do yourself without the need of hiring a contractor. Find some architectural salvage and building material salvage companies in your area.

I have seen many homes which use reclaimed materials. Even though it would seem that these materials will be less expensive than new materials, there are still additional costs involved in preparing the materials. No matter what cost is involved, you will find that it is much cheaper to use reclaimed materials than buying new, and you will have so much fun in the process.

Ever thought about building with recycled drywall?

In 1916 dry wall was invented as a cheap and less labour intensive replacement for plaster, and now almost a century later it's a standard interior finish for homes. When building a new home, the average home requires more than 8 tons of drywall, but of that 8 tons, 12 per cent is tossed out with cut pieces, scraps and leftover boards.

One thing is for sure, from production right through to the disposal of drywall the damage to the environment is tremendous. What you may not already know is that recycled drywall is sold at most home improvement stores throughout the country, and if by chance they don't have it in stock you can make a special order for it. All you need to do is ask.

The decision to use recycled drywall should be an easy one to make considering that you will notice no difference in the installation and the finishing of the wall.

Recycled drywall is also approximately the same cost as new drywall, and at around $10 for sheets of 4-ft x 8-ft, it is definitely an affordable option.

If there is no other advice you take from me, make sure you take this: ask your contractor to use recycled drywall - and you'll be saving the planet with this great tip to make your home energy smart.


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