One of the best advantages of building your own home is your access to customization. To give back to nature, some homeowners incorporate vegetation in their household or having their house in sync with nature like having a lawn on the walls of their house or the use of hydroponics or they stay in a livable tree house. Generally, it is the concept of having an environment-friendly house.
So why build green?
It is mainly for the sole purpose of sustaining the environment. A green-home is any constructed house that is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. It focuses on the efficient use of water, energy and building materials and gives way to mother nature to intervene to sustain the herself. Building green also cuts costs in commodity consumption.
How to build green?
If you are still planning to have your home built, then it is the best time to consider green in your building plan. Though it is never too late to think green for those who already have a home. Here are some ideas you can adapt to build a green home.
A “Fluo” in the plan
Fluorescent bulbs are very efficient than incandescent bulbs. These bulbs are more efficient. Though it may be expensive, their low power usage cuts the initial cost. Fluorescent lamps contains mercury and is considered a hazardous waste after consumption. So just make sure to dispose it properly and responsibly.
Light be there
Lights left on can become quite a pain in the pocket when your electricity bill comes. One best way is to install motion-detecting lights inside and outside your home. These lights will not only help you reduce energy consumption but also takes unwanted visitors by surprise like robbers.
This refers to the plugs. If appliances, gadgets and all electrical devices are not in use, always unplug them. Even when these are turned off or on standby, they still consume as much energy as they do when they are being for a small amount of time.
Efficiently use appliances
Refrigerators consume much energy when they are opened even for just a few seconds. The optimum temperature range for perishable food storage is 3 to 5 °C (37 to 41 °F). When storing in food, do it one time rather than opening it every time you put one item after another. Do bulk washing in washing machines rather than washing only five garments, unless needed. Preheat ovens only if necessary.
I’m gonna let it shine
Do you know how light can be most bright during the day? When you roll up your curtains and open your windows and just let the ray of sunlight come in naturally.
Clean air act
Help reduce carbon emissions by avoiding aerosol sprays like spray paints, insecticides and some harmful household cleaners. Stop smoking. It’s a no brainer. Second hand smokers or your family members, are most likely to develop different kinds of cancer. You can also detect air quality using today’s technology like air quality monitoring devices. And put plants inside your home because they are great absorbers of CO2 to give you enough supply of oxygen.
Do-it-yourself household cleaners
Lessen the use of commercial household cleaners. Some commercialized cleaners can harm the respiratory system like Uric acid or sodium hypochlorites. Formulate your own by using natural ingredients like lemon, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, olive oil and castile soap. In some occasions, you can use borax for tiles, sinks and toilet bowls. Make use of microfibers when cleaning out dusts.
Going to the local vegetable market is nice but you can never be too sure if those greens have been bathed with systemic insecticides or weedicides. Some of these formulas may cause hormonal imbalances when taken in. The best way to address this problem is to have your own vegetable garden in your front or backyard.
Grow your salad green, vegetables and herbs. Having a garden helps reduce soil erosion as well as reduce air pollution. Design your plot to act as a water basin for your plants it times of rain. Tend to your garden without using chemical fertilizers or toxic pesticides.
Compost kitchen scraps
Non-recyclables like eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit peelings or vegetable trimmings can be used as soil fertilizers as they compost overtime. Any organic matter can colonize in a compost pit or pile. Mix these trimmings and fallen leaves with water – you have a nutritious soil enhancer and you are sharing your part to reduce landfill waste.
Never forget the Three R’s
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. These pretty much sums up everything. Reduce wastage like conserving water. Reduce energy wastage by installing solar panels on your roof. Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth. Fill up the sink tubs for rinsing the dishes. Wastewater from the laundry or dishes can be used to flush the toilet. Reuse plastic bottles for vertical gardens and segregate biodegradables from non-biodegradables