About Green Home Designs
If you really want to reduce your family's carbon footprint, incorporate the principles of green home design into your living space. If you are building a new home, you can make sure that every aspect of your home is eco-friendly. However, even if your home is several decades (or even centuries) old, you can still incorporate elements of green living into your residence.
Energy Efficient Windows
Green home designs should include only windows that have an R-5 or R-6 energy efficiency rating.
South Facing Windows
Incorporate south facing windows into the design of your home so that your home will capture the natural light necessary to fully utilize solar energy.
Install Solar Cells
Consider installing solar cells on your roof so that you can harness the power of solar energy to power your home.
Consider water usage when selecting fixtures and appliances for your home and deciding on how the property will be landscaped. Choose low flow toilets and shower heads, an energy efficient washing machine and dishwasher, and select landscaping that does not need significant water to survive.
Natural Building Materials
Utilize natural and renewable building materials in your home, such as bamboo flooring and paneling.
Consider Indoor Air Quality
Take care to properly ventilate your home so that you can enjoy the benefits of living in a structure with excellent indoor air quality. Choose non-polluting building materials and use construction techniques designed to minimize possible exposure to volatile organic compounds in your home.
Making sure that your home is properly insulated may be the most important step in creating an eco-friendly residence. When your living space has sufficient insulation, you will need much less energy to heat and cool your home.