Why a Green sustainable house?
The tiny house phenomenon that has been splashed across Instagram lately is a testament to people’s desire for housing that also helps the planet. But we don’t all have to head for the hills and move into a one-bedroom shack to make our house eco-friendly. While a start might be remembering to switch off that one light that you always seem to forget, there’s plenty more that we can do.
Sustainable homes are tuned in to their natural surroundings, incorporating eco-friendly materials. Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, but they offer far-reaching social, economic and environmental advantages.
So how can you go green?
Ways to embrace sustainable living
- Design – Nowadays, many eco-friendly homes are designed to take advantage of the natural climate. This is known as “passive design” and, when done correctly, it can reduce the need for household heating and cooling significantly.
- Material – The materials you use to construct your home can also be altered. Opting for sustainable, durable and recycled materials could decrease the need for new materials further down the line and minimise the environmental impact of homebuilding
- Energy-efficient additions – It’s not just about building an eco-friendly home, it’s also about lessening your environmental impact as a property owner or tenant. Solar panels and rainwater tanks can help you increase your energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint.
Advantages of going GREEN
- The amount you spend on utilities drops significantly. Having the ability to live ‘off the grid’ significantly reduces your dependency on non-renewable sources, which are expensive and major contributors to environmental pollution.
- You have significantly less impact on the environment. Not only do green homes use less energy, they offer sustainable substitutions from the first phase of development to reduce waste and cut emissions.
- Your property value goes up. Numerous industry studies have shown that green homes have much higher resale values than traditional houses. They also sell much faster than their counterparts.
- You’ll be healthier. Green homes are built to have better air quality as items like paints, cleaners and adhesives contain fewer harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, which is a well-known human carcinogen.
So let’s stop for a moment and think about our planet and its sustainability for the greater good of our families, communities and environment. There are a lot of homeowners who have already taken the initiative to go green, which is great. But if we all take even a small step towards making our homes more environmentally conscious, collectively we’ll make a huge difference.