This Home is Proof the Eco Living Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

We all know we should be environmentally conscious and try to live as “green” as possible. For some, that simply means recycling, using reusable bags, and trying to limit waste in energy and water use. It’s really wonderful, however, to see people who can afford to do more to conserve actually making the effort to do so.

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When architect Colin Usher of John McCall Architects in Great Britain was hired by a client to build an eco-friendly home in England, he relished the challenge. When we think of people building homes like this from scratch, we usually imagine elaborate Southern California estates with all the high-tech bells and whistles, but Usher’s client wanted a modest home that would still help him conserve.

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He started with the very placement of the home, orienting it so that the roof received the most sunlight and thus could charge it’s solar panels easily, a factor important in a country not usually known for sunny weather.

Usher also had to make sure the home was insulated well, allowing it to stay cool in the summers and warm in the winters, thus cutting energy bills that usually blow up when owners adjust the temperatures in their dwellings. To that end, the windows are also triple-glazed and keep warmth (or coolness) inside.

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Using just these and other small energy-saving techniques during construction, the new owners are proud to announce that their energy costs are around £20 for the year, or just about $2 a month! Pretty impressive for a modest but consciously built English cottage!