To a lot of people, the concept of going green means a lot of unpleasant inconveniences like giving up meat, not eating fresh local St. Petersburg seafood, or spending more on things just because there’s an eco-friendly sticker on it. Green home building is none of this, and it is not a fad, it is simply the use of environmentally conscientious materials, and practices and it actually can save you money in the long run. For your edification, please consider the following:
According to the Department of Energy, the number one way Americans lose cooling or heating is through their windows. Contractors are using cheaper and inferior windows in order to keep building costs low but it is the homeowners who end up paying the price in higher utility costs and the planet when inevitably the windows have to be replaced. Fortunately, in St. Petersburg there are talented contractors who practice Green home building by using only the highest quality energy efficient windows that won’t need to be replaced in a few years.
There is a source of infinite energy just chilling up in the sky, and it is called the sun. Solar admittedly has been under-utilized by homeowners due to the higher startup costs for panels, however thanks to green energy grants and newer, thinner panels being brought to market the costs are getting more and more reasonable for homeowners looking into green home building. As more people buy into solar energy, it will demonstrate a demand and the market will respond accordingly and produce better and eventually cheaper panels than what the early adopters paid. Also once the solar system is in place it can end up paying you money! If the solar system generates more energy than is used, the excess goes into the grid and the homeowner receives a check from the power company for the wattage. And in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida there is no better place to soak in the rays. This translates into thousands of dollars saved over 20 years. Be aware though that some unscrupulous persons are trying to get “grid usage fees” in place to prevent homeowners from living utility free.
Green Home Building for Your Wallet and Environment
The last anyone checked, there is currently only one earth and thus only one basket to hold all 6.6 billion humanity-eggs, so it is in everyone’s best interest to preserve the planet at least until space travel and colonization stops residing in the realm of science fiction. Green home building can be a major player in the effort to preserve the planet, as there are a whole host of materials and supplies that your friendly local St. Petersburg construction companies can use to lessen the impact on the planet.
Low VOC Paints And Building Supplies
VOC, or volatile organic compounds, are solvents that get released into the air as paint dries. Cheaper, substandard paint often contains higher concentrations of these which makes for poor air quality, which in turn harms human who breathe these in. It is also worth noting the process for making these paints is terrible for the environment, so Low VOC is win-win and thankfully so be sure to verify that your contractors are using low VOC. If you are in the greater Tampa or St. Petersburg area, there are plenty of green home building contractors who use low VOC.