The city life is not for everyone; many of us want to live a simple life surrounded by natural beauty. Unfortunately, our planet is suffering from increased CO2 in the atmosphere and we must do everything we can to reduce our individual carbon footprint. We at Siparila believe in sustainability, from harvesting lumber all the way to the final product – our wood siding. To help you live sustainably and reduce your footprint, here’s five tips for building a green home:
The sun is by far the greatest energy source, plus it’s clean and cheap. Take advantage of the space available on your roof and on the side of the home that receives the most sunlight throughout the day by installing solar panels. Eventually, you will be producing enough energy to start selling power back to the grid, and may even reach the point where you turn a profit. You can also accelerate your energy storage with a Tesla Powerwall.
If this isn’t enough incentive to install solar panels, the government offers tax breaks and other benefits for homeowners who curb their residential energy consumption.
‘Grow’ your Roof
Your solar panels don’t necessarily need to be installed on your roof. You can use that extra space to grow a rooftop garden! Not only do they look cool, but the garden will save on energy costs. Also, rainwater will grow the garden, then the water is filtered and flows into drums on the side of the house to recycle water. A “living” roof is also a great insulator.
Windows are essentially holes in the side of your home and there’s been very little innovation over the last few decades. Since they are not as airtight as we would like to believe, they make the home harder to heat and cool. Companies like Energy Star make windows that are significantly more energy-efficient than conventional double-pane windows.
Trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon so efficiently that about half the dry weight of wood is carbon. This carbon is locked in the wood for its lifetime, even when used for building material or furniture. The carbon is only released when the wood is burned or rots. Using wood instead of other materials has other advantages too. The production of wood products uses less energy (usually sourced from finite fossil fuels) compared to other building materials.
Siparila Topcoat wood siding is a great insulator thanks to our tongue and groove installation which provides a flush finish that seals in heat. Our wood is also harvested sustainably and is 100% biodegradable. Not only will you be using environmentally-friendly material, but your home will also blend in beautifully with the natural surroundings.
Perhaps the best thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to live smaller. This means building a home with less rooms in favour of an open concept, as well as being mindful of overall square footage. This doesn’t mean you need to build a cottage, but don’t go overboard when planning the layout. Rooms restrict airflow throughout the home and multiple floors only make energy costs harder to manage.
If you’re building a green home and want wood siding that is both environmentally sustainable and will add curb appeal, give Siparila a call today at 1-800-268-5095 (Ontario), 1-800-361-0180 (Quebec), or message us online here.