Making an Eco Friendly Home
With the seemingly uncontrolled population growth especially among third world countries, making an eco friendly home is far fetched. Their houses are usually small in sizes and do not have enough space for all the family members. Highly progressive countries may have larger homes and bigger land space but are not necessarily be eco-friendly.
First to consider in making your home eco friendly is the quality of air that you breathe inside your homes. Studies have shown that air inside the homes can be more seriously polluted than the air outside. Larger homes may not necessarily be healthier for families. More often than not our houses and apartments have become more energy efficient and airtight where humidity levels from cooking and our increased breathing cause mildew and mold to grow inside our homes. Odors from cleaning products, paints, carpets, curtains and other construction materials have the tendency to combine with these contaminants thereby polluting the air that we take in.
To have fresher and cleaner air inside our homes, we should have more windows where air can easily circulate in and out of our house. Avoid furniture or other items block the passage of air at our window. Interior of houses should always be cleaned. If possible avoid using carpets and heavy curtains. Light material curtain will allow air to pass thru our windows. Wooden or tiled floors that are polished and clean are better than those with carpets.
Chemicals and other toxic cleaning materials should be kept in sealed containers. Drops or leaks may pollute the air and endanger the lives of people living the houses. If possible, cooking area should be well ventilated. If the kitchen is small, ah exhaust maybe installed. Also, avoid burning food when cooking as it adds to the pollution of air and the smell will be difficult to eradicate inside the house. Use green cleaning products instead of those with harmful chemicals.
Another way of having eco friendly home is to use green building materials for your construction, repair or remodeling. Green building materials are available online. The manufacturers of these green construction materials offer do-it-yourself products which will help you do minor repairs at your homes.
Other simple ways of making eco friendly home is replacing your incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient compact fluorescents available in different sizes, wattage and designs. You can also switch from the conventional hot water heaters to solar hot water heaters. Savings can also be done in your bathrooms. You can replace traditional showerheads and toilets with pressurized low-flow alternative where you can save gallons of water per day while reducing your utility bills. For homes with gardens and backyards, capturing rainwater for watering the garden and cleaning porches is a practical way of saving water.
One strategy for energy efficiency in making eco friendly homes is the use of passive solar building design often used in low-energy houses. Designers orient windows and walls and place awnings, porches, and trees to shade windows and roofs during the summer while maximizing solar gain in the winter. There are plenty of ways in making your home eco friendly, choose the best way that will be most beneficial to you and the environment.