Green Homes are homes that incorporates smart design, construction and maintenance elements to significantly lessen the effects of the home on the environment and improve the health of the people who live inside. No matter your location or living situation the opportunity for living a greener life at home are limited only to your imagination and of course your budget. Some of the features that make a home green include:
LOCATION: Close Proximity to work, grocery stores, schools, parks entertainment and dining cut down on the amount of miles you drive. This is a key factor for green homes. It also reduces the stress of traffic and limits the cost of your daily commutes. The ability to use public transportation is also a key factor.
SIZE: A larger home will consume more natural resources and will require more heating, air conditioning and lighting. If you really want a green home chose the smallest size with a layout that allows you and your family to be comfortable in the living space. The right layout can actually feel larger than it really is. Don’t just shop by square footage. Really get a feel for the home.
BUILDING DESIGN: Green homes should be situated to take advantage of natural light and prevailing breezes. The Exterior should have shading devices like sunshades, green screens and trees the help block the hot summer sun. The more you take advantage of what nature provides for free, the less the impact the home will have on the environment and your wallet.
GREEN BUILDING MATERIALS: Green homes will use non-toxic building products and renewable resources like bamboo flooring from salvaged materials. Other features in green home maybe non-toxic insulation, energy star rated appliances, windows and doors. Also water conservation systems, rain water collection systems and drought tolerant landscaping.
Making your home a greener place is a commitment to yourself, your family, your community and the environment. It is also a learning process. As technology continues to improve and evolve it is important to be educated about the options that are available to improve your green home.
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