Eco-friendly and self-sustaining homes are all the rage, and it’s no surprise. More and more kiwi’s are decreasing their reliance on the national grid and choosing to generate their own hot water and electricity. Eco-friendly features may cost more to install but can save you money over the life of your property.
Here are some eco-friendly and self-sustaining features you could consider in your home:
Greywater is the water used in baths, washing machines, sinks and dishwashers. You can’t drink it, but you can use it to water your garden or flush your toilet using a greywater recycling system. This can help conserve water on your property and keep utility costs down. A greywater system needs to be installed by a qualified plumber and requires moderate maintenance.
Solar water heating
One of the most popular eco-friendly solutions, installing a solar heating system can provide around 75% of your hot water needs throughout the year. The solar panels absorb the sun’s heat and use it to heat the water stored in a cylinder. On days that aren’t sunny enough to heat water, a “booster” system using electricity, gas, or a wetback will kick in, so you always have plenty of hot water.
Generating some of your energy needs with a wind turbine and eliminate your electricity bill. The electricity is stored in batteries until needed, and the batteries can store enough power for a few days if you don’t get a lot of wind.
Some people can even connect their turbine and generate income by adding power to the national grid.
It’s not yet clear how eco-friendly additions affect the value of your home, but with prices for services continually rising, it’s likely that self-sufficient and eco-friendly homes will increase significantly in value in coming years.