06 Apr Your Home’s Carbon Footprint
These days, the topic of climate change and our impact on the environment is in constant circulation. Many are taking the time to consider how we as individuals can reduce our effect on Mother Nature, from what we recycle to how we power our homes.
The term “carbon footprint” is used often, but what does it really mean? And how does it affect homebuyers? Keep reading to find out why a home’s carbon footprint is important and why it should be a priority when searching for your future home.
What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint refers to the total greenhouse gas emissions – namely carbon dioxide – caused by a person, company, or product. The larger your carbon footprint, the more of a negative effect you have on the environment. Many individuals and organizations are actively working to reduce their carbon footprint in order to prevent climate change and help save the environment.
What factors impact a home’s carbon footprint?
There are several factors that contribute to a home’s carbon footprint. Perhaps the most important factor is the type of energy utilized by your home, whether that be natural gas, propane, geothermal, solar – the list goes on. Certain energy sources are renewable and therefore have minimal impact on the environment, such as solar energy. The amount of energy required to heat or cool your home also plays a large role in your carbon footprint.
Can I find a home with a reduced carbon footprint?
You can search for properties that include features to help reduce their impact on the environment. Homes built with spray foam insulation better protect against the outdoor elements, holding in the cool air and keeping out humidity. This puts less strain on your air conditioning and reduces the amount of energy required to cool your home.
If you’re looking to live in a sunny location such as Florida, your home can make the most of that sun with rooftop solar panels. Solar energy is renewable, so it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases like natural gas, propane, or heating oil would. You can also opt for a home with large windows and glass doors, allowing more natural light indoors and reducing the need for artificial light and electricity usage.
Where can I find an eco-friendly home?
If you are looking to purchase a home with a reduced carbon footprint, consider an eco-luxury property from Bella Homes. You don’t need to sacrifice space or comfort when purchasing an eco-friendly home, because our homes are built with Mother Nature in mind. With spray foam insulation, solar energy, full-LED lighting, and so much more, all our properties are certified green by the Florida Green Building Coalition.