Some of the numerous steps that you can take to help campaign to save the earth are conservation of energy, reducing the impact of waste/toxic materials, and recycling. If you are planning to build your new home, it is advisable that you apply green home design to reduce the possible impacts on the planet.
A green home design mainly focuses on different aspects of conserving energy. There are many considerations that you need to know in order to effectively apply the concept of going green.
Your home’s construction site – It is one of the major considerations when building with a green home design. Ensure that the construction engineer has laid out the detailed study of the site which includes the location, slope and surrounding vegetation. In order for you to minimize the effect on both flora and fauna that are in the area, you need to be mindful during the construction of your home.
Ensure that your home is built in such a way that it maximizes the use of natural light. You can minimize on the use of electricity when there’s enough sunlight/natural light that you can maximize. It’s much better to build your home in a community with proper transportation, schools, parks and shops.
Ideal size for green home design – This should be an easy and logical concern. If you have a larger home, the more impact it has on the planet. Green homes are ideally smaller or just the right size for the size of your family. Decide upon the number of rooms that will be used versus rooms that are just for extra storage or for unexpected guests. Take note that this design uses simple math, meaning, the more rooms in your home, the more energy it consumes due to lighting, heating, cooling, water system, etc.
Go solar – If your home is on ideal location for maximizing sunlight during the daytime, it is advisable to install solar panels that will collect solar energy that you can use at night time or when there are power outages. To conserve more energy and money, you may use solar-powered appliances and equipment for your home.
Water conservation – A reservoir for rain water and using recycled water for the washroom/s in your home can help minimize your usage of potable water. You should use gray water system which is basically a plumbing system that collects waste water from bathing, washing and laundry, that which can be used for flushing toilets and watering lawns.
You can do other things to help reduce the impact of your activities and materials on the planet – such as not using fossil fuel. for example – since these are the most basic considerations. Using green home design is just one step in supporting the campaign for protecting the earth; and it can start at the basic unit – your family’s home.