When most people think of going green, they think of energy usage. Solar energy, energy efficient appliances and double paned windows are all examples of common ways that people go green in their homes. However, driveways, patios, walkways and floors can all be energy efficient as well. Here are a few ideas of how you can make the ground of your property friendlier to the environment.
One option is to use recycled materials. There are many bricks and stones available from discarded building materials that can be used to create walkways, driveways and even interior floors. The variety that can come with recycled materials can help you create a unique and charming design.
Another way you can go green is by choosing a patio over a deck. Patios require fewer materials and have a longer life span than decks do. Additionally, if you construct the patio so that it is southern facing, it will receive sunlight year-round which keeps it more comfortable to use. If you live in an area that receives snow, you will also spend less time shoveling the snow near the patio.
Using bricks and stones for your interior floors can be helpful in reducing your energy usage. These stones have a high thermal mass meaning that when the sun hits them, they absorb the warmth and then release it back into the room which can help to naturally heat your house during the winter.
For paths that are outdoors, you can use permeable paving so that more water can reach the soil. This helps to prevent water runoff from polluting local water. Loose gravel, gap spaced bricks and pavers are all examples of permeable paving.
There are many ways in which you can make your driveways, patios, walkways and floors more energy efficient. Not only does it benefit your house, but it protects the environment for future generations. A contractor can give you specific ideas of how you can make the ground of your property greener.