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Why Build a Sustainable Home?


Sustainable homes have become increasingly popular over the past few years. It allows environmentally conscious individuals and families to lessen their impact in the environment while enjoying a more simple way of living. But this is just one of the reasons why you should build a sustainable home.

What The Heck Is a Sustainable Home?

The term “sustainable home” refers to any residential dwelling that's optimized to consume water, electricity and other natural resources in the most efficient manner possible. Of course, this in stark contrast to mainstream society's conventional way of thinking: buy bigger homes and vehicles, regardless of whether you need them.

Sustainable homes must also be built using materials that are easily replaceable. This may include cork flooring, recycling siding, and other recyclable/environmental-friendly materials.

It's Eco-Friendly

Building a standard-size home consumes an excessive amount of resources, including lumbar, fuel (for transporting equipment), metals, electricity, and more. However, sustainable homes are built using a very minimal amount of resources; thus, dampening the impact on the environment. And the materials that are used to build a sustainable home are readily available, further attesting to its eco-friendly benefit. By building a sustainable home, you can rest assured knowing that you are taking direct action to conserve the environment.

Cheaper Utilities

This benefit goes hand-in-hand with the one previously mentioned. Because they consume less energy than standard-size homes, purchasing (or building) a sustainable home will yield cheaper monthly utility bills. Living in a standard-size home may cost $350 or more in monthly utilities, whereas a sustainable home may cost $75 or less. This alone is reason enough to make the switch to a sustainable home, but there are several other benefits of building a sustainable home worth noting.

Less Cleaning and Maintenance

Don't you hate spending your day off work cleaning and doing household chores? Yes, you'll still have to clean and perform other routine maintenance in a sustainable home but to a lesser degree. The smaller space means you'll have to less to clean.

More Free Time

You might be surprised to learn that living in a sustainable home will give you more free time. Being that sustainable homes are easier to clean and maintain, you'll have more time to spend on recreational activities.


It's a common assumption that sustainable homes are nothing more than small "shacks," but this couldn't be further from the truth. Building and design plans for sustainable homes have come a long ways, with many models mimicking the appearance of standard-size homes.

Cozy Living

There's just something naturally warm and cozy associated with sustainable homes. Rather than having numerous unoccupied rooms and overly large living rooms and hallways, sustainable homes are designed to use space more efficiently. This promotes a cozy family-friendly environment that you and other members of the family are sure to enjoy.

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