“Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he’s been given. But up to now he hasn’t been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life’s become extinct, the climate’s ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.” – Anton Chekhov
There is no doubt that humankind’s impact on the environment has, and continues to have disastrous consequences. Our modern lifestyle has brought, and will continue to bring about adverse weather events as part of global warming and climate change.
According to the US EPA website, “global climate change will affect people and the environment in many ways. Some of these impacts, like stronger hurricanes and severe heat waves, could be life threatening. Others, like spreading weeds, will be less serious. And some effects, like longer growing seasons for crops, might even be good! However, as the Earth keeps getting warmer, the negative effects are expected to outweigh the positive ones.”
Preventing climate change
It is obvious that it is going to take a concerted effort from everyone to slow down and reverse the cataclysmic effects of climate change by reducing our carbon footprint on the earth. One of the best ways to do this is to build an energy-efficient, green home. While you are considering how to build an energy-efficient home, it is a good idea to consult Excel Builders for guidance and direction in this matter.
Building an energy-efficient home
I don’t believe that we can argue the advantages of building an energy efficient home; however, we need to know what to do. Consequently, here are some tips to help you start:
- Use energy saving construction materials
When a house is constructed out of materials that naturally insulate your home, it will go a long way towards reducing your heating and cooling costs. Consequently, it will save you money as well as cut down on the gas, oil, and electricity required to heat your home. This, in turn, will save our natural resources and help with the reduction in the pollution levels.
- Plant a green roof
The advantages of utilising your roof as a vegetable garden are twofold. The soil and vegetation will help insulate your home; thereby, reducing your monthly insulation costs. Furthermore, an important part of the carbon footprint reduction process is to grow as much of your vegetables and fruit as you can. Not only will this cut down on transport costs and refrigeration costs (vegetables and fruit have to be shipped from the farm to the store), you will enjoy the benefits of eating fresh, healthy food.
- Install a water tank with a water purification filter
Water is becoming one of the scarcest global resources; consequently, we need to conserve it. Thus, it does not matter whether you live in a high rainfall area, or not; it is vital to catch the rain and use it in your home and garden. Furthermore, the installation of a home water purification system will ensure that you have clean water to drink.