5 Tips for Designing an Environmentally Friendly Home

An environmentally friendly home can both look aesthetically stunning and can save you money. The more “green” your home is, the more money you can save. Beyond the savings, though, industry insiders say that homes that are not operating to their fullest energy efficiency can have carbon footprints so enormous that they are literally stomping the earth and the atmosphere to death. When you are designing your home, things as simple as cutting out one extra bedroom could save upwards of thousands of dollars a year in energy costs and can reduce the amount of harmful emissions that gets released into the atmosphere. When it comes to designing a green home, one of the best ways to save our planet is to stand onĀ common ground. Here are 5 tips for designing an environmentally friendly home.

  1. Large curved windows. Small, flat windows don’t allow much natural sunlight into the home. However, by not only increasing the size of the windows, but also making them slightly curved or at an angle, you can allow a flood of light into the home. This can not only reduce your reliance on indoor lighting, but also heating bills in the winter. To decrease your reliance on the A/C during the summer, you could even have a series of small windows that open and that can serve as vents.
  2. Plant lots of trees. Trees and shrubbery around your home can reduce your energy efficiency by up to 60% each year. One of the biggest contributors to green house gasses is from the electricity we use to power our air conditioners. However, with a number of deciduous trees or plant life surrounding our home, it can have the power of up to 15 air conditioners.
  3. Use sustainable materials. Things like stucco that require multiple layers of plastics and insulation can be incredibly bad for the environment. Yet, materials, like reclaimed wood and cement, can better insulate the home to keep cool air in during the summer and warm air in during the winter. Also, many solid materials, like slate and stone, are much less expensive and have a much nicer aesthetic appeal.
  4. Geothermal heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps are much more energy efficient than traditional ductwork air conditioners. Many tradition ductwork air conditioners leak and can cause things like mold to grow in the home. However, with a geothermal heat pump you can harness the power of the earth’s core to heat your home in the winter and cool your home in the summer, because it can transfer energy at the switch of a button. Not only are geothermal heat pumps more eco-friendly, but they also last longer than other systems.
  5. Living roof. A living roof is a relatively new concept, but it is gaining lots of steam in modern architecture circles. A living roof uses a few layers of protection between the actual roof and the soil and plant matter, so it is really safe too and won’t damage your home. A living roof, besides being aesthetically pleasing, can also cool your home so that you don’t need to rely so much on your air conditioning system.

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