How to Design an Eco-Friendly Home?
Pollution and environmental problems are getting worse at alarming rates. So, everyone must do their part to make homes that are more sustainable and kind to the environment.
Simple changes can make your home use less energy, save you money, and be environmental-friendly.
Here is a guide that will make your home and life eco-friendlier.
- Make use of as much natural light and cross-ventilation as possible.
- Open your windows and curtains every day to let in as much natural light as possible. As a result, your home will be naturally lit throughout the day, saving you money on electricity.
- Make it a point to open your windows and doors to allow fresh air into your home, which removes stale air, prevents the buildup of harmful chemicals, and lowers the concentration of pollutants.
- Opt for low-VOC paints.
Use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints on walls and ceilings. High-VOC paints emit toxic gases for a long time, which is unhealthy.
- Make use of eco-friendly building supplies.
- Use natural and renewable materials like brick, terracotta, bamboo, and wood (from fast-growing trees).
- Consider giving worn-out furniture a makeover by recycling it. Your furniture will help save some trees from being cut down.
- Make your home eco-friendlier by using organic bedding, upholstery, curtains, mattresses, and towels. Instead of synthetic fabrics like nylon or polyester, opt for items made of natural plant or animal fibers like cotton, linen, or wool.
- Reduce energy consumption.
- You can save money and reduce your carbon footprint by switching to CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes).
- Consider purchasing energy-efficient or low-energy kitchen appliances.
- Do not leave any of your electronic devices on standby mode or plugged in when not in use. In this way, the gadgets will not draw power while not in use.
- Due to the increased cooling load and increased air-conditioning costs resulting from increased heat penetration, you can consider double-glazed windows. Also, install window weather-stripping.
- Concrete roof heat easily transfers to the floor below. Roof coatings that reflect sunlight will keep it cool.
- Use indoor plants as a decorative accent.
- Introduce plants such as spider plants, rubber plants, and palm trees, which are known to purify the air and reduce toxins in the house.
- Grow your food on the balcony or in the terrace garden.
- You can make fertilizer from the kitchen’s wet waste, such as fruit and vegetable peels and eggshells. Composting helps to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, which reduces the amount of methane gas released into the atmosphere.
- Save water.
- Pipes and faucets in the house should not be dripping.
- A dual-flush commode is an excellent option to consider. You can save water by using a dual-flush valve, which allows for both a half-flush and a full flush.
- Clean with eco-friendly products.
- Avoid chemical cleaners that can harm your health and pollute the environment.
- Make sure the cleaners you use have low levels of volatile organic compounds. Consider products that do not contain ammonia or chlorine and have essential oils.
- As a disinfectant, you can try using tea tree oil or citrus essential oils. Use borax and white vinegar to clean the toilet.
- A green way to keep the house clean is to use steam cleaners to disinfect and kill germs.
- Natural cleaning products can be made at home using baking soda, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar.
- Say no to plastic
- Use plastic as little as possible. Replace all the containers, bottles, and jars you use every day with ones made of steel, ceramic, or glass.
- Get rid of any plastic bottles and containers that contain bisphenol A (BPA). It is a harmful chemical that could get into food and drinks and make them unhealthy.
- Install a solar system.
Putting solar panels on your roof is a great way to take advantage of clean energy. Solar panels use the sun’s light to turn into electricity. Installing solar panels is expensive at first, but it’s a great way to go green and reduce your home’s carbon footprint in the long run.