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For many people, green living is about making every aspect of their lives as eco-friendly as possible. Minimizing your environmental footprint can be a difficult task, especially if you’re a homeowner. Between choosing green energy solutions and eco-friendly building practices, it’s often most sustainable to convert an existing house to an eco-friendly one. Starting from scratch is a different story, however — so here are a few tips for how to build an eco-friendly house.

1.  What constitutes an eco-friendly house?

Eco-friendly homes provide a number of economic and health benefits to homeowners, as well as reducing one’s environmental impact. These benefits become apparent when one considers what criteria constitute an eco-friendly house. According to Elemental Green, an eco-friendly home should meet a few specific guidelines. First and foremost, the house should be made with recycled or eco-friendly building materials, such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, or concrete.

2.  Build smaller

A smaller home will always be more environmentally friendly than a large one with all its energy-efficient technologies simply because it will have a lower impact. However, this doesn’t mean you have to build a tiny home. You just need to be creative and resourceful in using the building and design principles and build both smaller and smarter. Smaller homes have a lower impact, reduced costs and maintenance, and are more efficient because their square footage and layout are more compact, practical, and functional than big, traditional homes. They do require more thought and planning