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Building an Energy Efficient Home on a Budget CharmsVille

Petroleum is the primary source of energy, which raises carbon emissions. If you're not keen to build with fossil fuel-based materials, consider using recyclable or renewable materials.

The best materials are those that have been used before, like bricks and tiles made from demolished buildings. They have a low carbon footprint and thus are popular. Recycling materials is better than asking concrete companies to create new cranes. That'll save you a lot of initial costs. Below are some an example of renewable and recycled building materials to look into:

Recycled roofing asphalt shingles for roofing and cars tires for countertops in kitchens.

Consider sourcing the materials you require locally. Materials that are locally sourced tend to be more easily transported to site and therefore less efficient. Stone, bricks, wood, or ceramics from your local area will significantly reduce the construction cost. The cost will be significantly lower that if used materials that came from another state.

2. Think about Geothermal Solutions for Heating and Cooling

If you're trying to lower your costs, consider the use of geothermal cooling and heating. Geothermal is a remarkable form of energy renewable that utilizes sun's energy. It is then converted by the earth.

Geothermal systems are basically battery-powered energy storage units that store temperatures near to the source until required. They typically have an array of pipes running about four to six feet below the ground. Temperatures in this range generally remain consistent all year round and can reach 50°F.

The system's pipes are often filled with antifreeze as well as water. The fluid circulates between the ground and house, taking in any