It seems as though everyone is interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and it’s safe to assume Mother Earth is happy with this. While recycling and eating locally-grown foods are everyday habits that can lead to a healthier life, bigger and better things like creating an eco-friendly can have a huge impact. Home owners interested in remodeling their current abode or those looking for a new place to call home may want to be on the look out for these green trends in home design.
Window design is huge for an eco-friendly home as angle and placement can dictate the amount of sunlight coming through, as well as the breeze. Angled windows allow for maximum sunshine during the day, while natural greenery will keep the space cool. Some people use “trap door” style windows at the base of floor-to-ceiling angled windows, which, when open, allow the air to flow freely, eliminating the need for air conditioning.
Many luxury homes are being constructed with smart technology in mind, and while that may not seem eco-friendly, it can really reduce costs and usage of water, electricity and more. Smart home technology allows home owners to have complete control and easy access to information regarding the amount of energy being used each day.
Many home owners are ensuring their homes follow LEED standards, use sustainable materials for flooring and cabinetry, and walls painted with no VOCs.
Green Technologies for the Home
Collecting rainwater is also becoming a popular trend, as it not only cuts down on bills, but it also helps to make efficient use of a valuable resource. Rainwater collecting, or harvesting, captures, diverts and stores water that can be used for landscaping purposes or for use in the home, as it goes through a filtration and purification process. And because this water is lacking chemicals, fluoride and a number of different hard minerals, it can actually be healthier to drink than standard tap water.
Geothermal heating and cooling is another great way to invest in an eco-friendly home. Just below the earth’s surface, whether it’s zero degrees or 90, the ground stays around 70 degrees Fahrenheit all-year round. Geothermal systems use this consistency to heat and cool a home, and although it is fairly pricey to install, it’s a great investment for the future.
Solar panels are one of the most widely recognized green home trends, and for good reason. Although panels come at a high initial cost, solar panels have a long lifespan and basically pay off over time. Solar panels also reduce dependence on oil and other fuels and they are able to work when traditional electricity does not. However, homes are required to have plenty of available sunlight.
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