Green building is not a new phrase, but probably seems new to many people because the concern over conserving natural resources has reached another new high. Occasionally, due to increased demand or perhaps political leverage, the cost of energy rises suddenly. The cost will most certainly continue to rise in the future.
What can you do about it? Plenty! The more self sufficient you become, the less dependent you are on the utility companies and their fees. I continually look for new ways to lower my energy costs while adding improvements to my home.
Below are some of the ideas that I have for saving money on utility bills and conserving natural resources. If you have any ideas that you would like to share on this site, please use the contact-us form available on this site.
Passive Solar - Build a Patio Cover
Solar home designs that include passive solar heating (and cooling) are taking advantage of the most natural way to make use of renewable energy. If your home is already built, consider a patio cover to not only add a great new outdoor space to your home, but to help cool the inside space as well...
Install a cistern
If you live in an area that is prone to drought, you might consider a cistern as a way of storing rain water to use for watering plants during dry times. There are several sizes and types of rain barrels to choose from. Use the built-in calculator on this page to determine your rain water collection needs...
Other Ideas for Saving Money and Conserving Resources
If you have the space in your yard, creating a garden and growing your own vegetables is very rewarding and great way to cut food costs. If you don't have a yard, you can grow several vegetables and herbs in pots on your patio.
Rain Harvesting / Rain Catchment Systems
For more information on water catchment systems, please review The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting. This guide covers the various materials used for water tank construction, water treatment options, capacity planning based on average rainfall, and more.