Dreaming of your dream home? Same here. Yes, the aesthetics are important. That’s probably the top hit for most people who are planning to construct a new home. But, do you know what’s also important? Making your home as sustainable and energy efficient as possible. It’s a win-win for you and the environment. But aside from the use of eco-friendly paints and other house paint ideas, we have some other tips for you here on how to build an even greener home as well.
Consider Investing in Solar Panels
Yup, I’m starting with a doozy. Solar panels can get very expensive depending on how many panels you need to get for your home. But, think of it this way. If you’re planning to build your dream home, you’re probably going to be living there for a very long time. Also, we live in a tropical country! We get a lot of sunshine on a daily basis, so why not make that work for you?
Harvest Some Rain Water
Again, we live in the Philippines. Half the time we’re scorching under the sun (Yeay for solar panels!). The other half, we have constant downpours. Water is a cheaper utility compared to electricity. But savings are savings. You don’t need any complicated harvesting setups. (Unless you’re going completely off-grid!) Just set up a simple plastic barrel under one of your roof gutters. Make sure to put a net over the barrel first to prevent any dirt and insects getting in it. Boom. Free water. It’s not advisable to use this water for consumption. But, you can use harvested rain water for watering your garden or washing your car.
Paint Your Roofs White
Painting your roof white can significantly reduce the heat inside your home due to the albedo effect. A cooler interior means less time reaching for your A/C’s remote. Just because you have a solar panel doesn’t mean you can run the A/C all day, you know! For this one, use Boysen Cool Shades. It’s a water-based acrylic roof paint that is formulated with infrared-reflecting pigments. In simpler terms, it’s formulated to be able to reflect more heat compared to conventional roof coatings.
Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
Choose LED lights! I renovated my house a few years back and the contractor gave me an option to switch from old fluorescent lightbulbs to LED ones. You’d be surprised how much of a dent it can make on your monthly electricity bills! This applies to other appliances as well, especially refrigerators and air conditioning units. Please, don’t just consider how the appliances look. Take a look at its technical specifications as well. You might just save a couple of hundreds or thousands of pesos with the right tech!
A greener home is an investment, for sure. But it’s not just investing in your bank accounts, it’s also about choosing building materials that are considered safer for your family and for the environment. Consider using low-VOC paints for your interiors. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are considered a health hazard. Exposure to high levels of VOCs can cause malaise such as headaches and trigger asthma attacks. Use low-VOC interior paints such as Virtuoso Silk Touch or Healthy Home. We also have other eco-friendly paints such as Boysen KNOxOUT and Boysen EcoPrimer for you to consider.
As I mentioned at the start of the article, home aesthetic is still probably the top priority for a lot of people. We’ve definitely got you covered on that part. Aside from the fact that our eco-friendly paints come in different shades, you can scour through the blog for more ideas. I’m sure you’ll find your decor and color inspiration here. But while we’re all about making sure your homes are beautiful inside and out, consider these options in greening your home build for a healthier and more energy-efficient space. Got more questions about our green products? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy building!