As David Orr rightly states “When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves”, a major step towards building a happy home is building a happy earth.
There are millions of eco-friendly products available in the market today. Few of them are as follow: Solar and Wind Chargers, Energy-Saving Window Film, Water-Saving Kits , CFL light bulbs, solar-powered flashlights, biodegradable trash bags, bamboo hangers, organic cotton balls, recycled school supplies and more. Using such products can make a positive impact on the environment and thus saves a little green in the process.
Modern technology Owes ecology An apology. ~Alan M. Eddison
Using the sun’s energy to heat a home naturally and lower energy costs is becoming a goal for many home owners. Solar panels are growing in popularity, but the extensive initial cost can be quite substantial and is a turn off for many home owners trying to build or become more eco-friendly on a budget.
A Trombe wall is another option for collecting the sun’s heat in a new home. A Trombe wall is built from stone, concrete, metal or other material that acts as a thermal mass that collects heat during the day and releases it slowly into the house.
Green Remodeling with Eco Friendly Paint is one of the major step towards healthy homes as the concentration of pollutants inside your home is several times higher than what you’ll find outside. Although the contamination cannot be attributed to any single source, paint and paint-related chemicals play a significant role inside a typical home.
Low-VOC Paints like BioShield Paint, earthBorn Paints, Ecos Organic Paints, Safecoat, St. Astier Lime Paints (especially their Natural Hydraulic Limes, which are non-toxic, recyclable, salt and bacteria resistant, and inhospitable to mildew), YOLO Colorhouse, Natural Interior Paints like Clay Paint, Lime Wash.
Some companies like Friendly “Small House Plans” creates small home plan designs that give families everything they typically look for in a larger home, including all of the modern conveniences, privacy and storage areas, without sacrificing detail. By concentrating on design that fits the family, rather than creating spaces that families have to fit into, there is less wasted space in a home, and less wasted money. Scale and usage are important in a home, and building a small home that works for a family without feeling small.
Moreover small steps towards saving energy is highly encouraged as the economic stimulus package passed by Congress last February included a federal tax credit—not just a deduction, but a full-on credit—of 30 percent of the cost of all sorts of energy-saving systems, with a cap of $1,500 per house, if installed by the end of 2010. These upgrades pack the double benefit of slashing your utility bills while increasing your house’s long-term value, too. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 has increased the tax incentive for homeowners installing geothermal heating.
However admist the talks about “Really Green” and “Greenwashing” simply monitoring the energy usage (and continuing to monitor it and publish it) is the best way to move us toward energy independence. Energy efficiency should be on the priority list for all home improvement work these days.Reduce Energy Consumption by buying efficient equipment and turning it OFF when it’s not in use. This can save you money while you’re helping the environment.
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