So finally, as planned, you have got the keys to your new home or have just had the pleasure to admire the renovated look of your old. And obviously, you are dying to have your friends and relatives at your place.
But what do you suppose would make you stand apart in the crowd? What do you think would make you an instant hit amidst others? Is it the new sofa, flashy light fixtures, eye-catching false ceilings, modular kitchen, spacious area or splashy furnishings and appliances?
What would really set you apart is your implementation of the concept of green homes, a place that not only looks good but is eco-friendly as well. In fact, not only will nature be served but you will reap its benefits in the form of low consumption of energy and subsequent low expenditure.
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How to Build an Eco-friendly house?
Designbids brings to you few eco-friendly house ideas that would not only help you plan and style your home better but make you go green as well.
Build a House that ‘Fits Just Right':
You certainly do not want too much of unused space in your home as it demands a lot in terms of heating, cooling, cleaning, and maintenance. So, plan beforehand, taking into consideration details like the probable number of family members, how many rooms you require, what furnishings and items would suit best and the like, so that you finally live in a house, built with eco-friendly techniques, that is perfect, both for nature and you.
Opt for CFLs and LEDs:
Switching from incandescent lights to CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) and LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) results in less energy consumption and significant cost savings. Even though their initial purchase rate might be higher than incandescent lights but they last longer.
Plant More Greens:
A great way of saving energy is by planting more trees, if possible, near your house or buying one with plenty of greenery around. Greens are not only soothing to the eye but keeps your house cool as well, thus lowering the expenditure incurred from using ACs. You could also have houseplants like a spider plant, snake plant, philodendron, etc. in some corner of your house to bring in more life.
Install Solar Panels:
This emerging technology uses the clean and renewable solar energy for domestic water heating. Be it on rooftops or as solar cells in stained glass windows, their long term use will work wonders for your pockets.
Use Energy Efficient Equipment:
Always opt for Energy Star labeled appliances as they offer lower energy consumption and super performances at a one-time significantly higher cost. These machines are deemed energy-efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Opt for Nontoxic Wall Paints:
Do away with those nasty volatile organic compounds or VOCs, invariably present in conventional paints, which are known to cause allergic reactions and respiratory disorders among people inhaling them. Go green with plant-based, water-borne and plant-based, natural solvent-borne paints since these are natural, cause low carbon production and compost quickly.
GoGreen with Green Plumbing:
One amazing eco-friendly home design tip is green plumbing. The golden rule is to avoid PVC or polyvinyl chloride at all costs since they contain harmful chemicals and rather opt for clay for underground pipes and aluminum, zinc and galvanized steel for surface piping.
Opt for Eco-friendly Flooring:
In the case of new flooring, you could opt for bamboo, linoleum, cork or reclaimed wood. While bamboo is durable, linoleum is non-toxic and biodegradable, cork is long-lasting and water-resistant, reclaimed wood is obtained from old barns, homes, and factories rather than cutting down forests.
Proper Insulation is a Must for Green Homes:
Since insulation is responsible for the retention or loss of heat from a building, it is necessary to have energy-efficient windows that will keep you cool in summers and warm in winters. The efficiency of these windows are determined by their ratings (lower the rating, the more energy-efficient they are)
Use Recycled Water:
Another wise eco-friendly home design tip would be to collect and recycle rainwater in underground rainwater harvesting cisterns or rooftop tanks and then use the filtered water to cool the entire building and flush toilets.
Opt for Reclaimed Furniture:
With the market slowly getting flooded with furniture made from recycled materials, it would not be too difficult to fit them into your home décor too.
So, here's a thumbs up to a more nature-friendly home planning. Get eco-smart and go green.