The main reason why people use and build homes using shipping containers for sale is to help give back to Mother Nature. But did you know that there are steps that one can take to make an already eco-friendly home even more, well, eco-friendly?
Below are a few things that you can do to make your container home eco-friendly!
Put On More/Fewer Clothes
Turning the thermostat up or down can have a huge impact on your electricity bill. Help lower it by dressing accordingly for the weather. For example, not wearing long sleeves at home when it’s hot or dressing warmly when it’s cold. Not only will doing reduce carbon emissions, but you will also save money!
Make a Compost Pile Pit
Did you know that instead of throwing items in the trash every day, you could leave them on a compost pile? Items such as fruit, vegetable peels and tea bags could help fertilise the soil near your shipping container home by leaving it near a compost pile.
Switch Off Household Appliances
The next time you go out of the house, don’t forget to turn off your appliances. And no, leaving them in sleep mode isn’t the same as switching them off. You can only imagine just how much you’ll save turning off appliances when not used in your 20ft shipping container home.
Added tip: If you want to take your green efforts even further, consider exchanging out any of your old appliances for ones better for the environment. These newer appliances consume anywhere from 10% to 50% less energy compared to their predecessors. While you’re at it, you might also want to swap out any of your incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps with LED bulbs as well.
Fit Solar Panels
Now, this might be quite the investment, but if you have the money, then why not? Fitting a 40ft shipping container home with solar panels should supply you with plenty of juice. In fact, if you spend your money wisely, you can be independent of the prices of energy companies.
To obtain the greatest value out of your solar panels, it’s best to install them on a roof that faces the South with little to no shade towering over them. A bit of shade isn’t a problem, though. What’s important is that your solar panel gets plenty of time under the clear sun from around 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.
If you’re serious about having solar panels installed on your eco-friendly home, be sure to check in with a local supplier first. Most are likely willing to give you a free approximation of how much it’s going to cost you and the amount of energy you should expect to save when installing solar panels on your roof.
Of course, there are plenty more ways to make your mobile home even more eco-friendly, but these are a good start and should go a long way in helping you with your advocacy.