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Sustainability Is Trending

When looking at property, keep these sustainability issues in mind in order to avoid waste and increase the energy efficiency of the house

Building a new home or considering new construction? Maybe you are looking to purchase an existing structure. Sustainability and environmental preservation are trending issues being addressed in all four corners of the world; not only preserving our ecosystem, but decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels and depletion of  natural resources. These are things we should keep in mind when looking for a home!

Here are a few basic elements to remember when wanting to live energy efficiently:

  • Consider space – if you are building or purchasing an existing home, don’t look for more space than you will need. Think about how much fossil-fuel based energy it will take to air condition and light the space you will most likely not be using on a consistent basis. Purchase or design space-saving storage cabinets, work areas and furniture that is ergonomically effective.
  • Consider replacing inefficient windows and doors. Installing sun blocking or UV repelling windows can save on energy costs. Accent these windows with insulated curtains or blinds. Also, think about replacing old doors that are hollow or have no insulation.
  • Replace your existing appliances with energy efficient ones. Don’t buy an oversized refrigerator, stove, washer or dryer if you really don’t need and utilize their maximum capacities.
  • Waste not, want not. If you remodel or build your home, try to use reclaimed materials as much as possible. This is a trend that is growing in popularity year after year. It also helps to recycle waste that otherwise ends up in landfills. But most of all it prevents manufacturers from harvesting and depleting our natural materials.
  • Other sustainable ideas include keeping air conditioners well maintained and filters clean. Installing water saving faucets and dual flashing toilets will conserve one of our most valuable resources and that is fresh water.

These are just a few suggestions that will help keep what ecosystem we have left. To learn more about building your home in Mexico, download our free guide here:

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