Creating an Eco-friendly Home

18 Nov

Creating an Eco-friendly Home

Eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes are becoming more and more popular these days as people are becoming more environmentally-conscious and interested in exploring alternate ways to save money.  The concept of green living began in the 1960s to 1970s, when the movement to reduce the consumption of modern products initiated.  Now, federal and state governments mandate five-star energy ratings for new houses and apartments, and the rating is set to be raised soon to six starts nationally.

Below are a few ways you can begin making your home more eco-friendly today:

  1. Alternate sources of energy – Eco-friendly homes should not fully rely on traditional sources of electricity. You can use solar panels and wind energy to save on energy consumption and cost. You can also start using energy-efficient CFL and LED light bulbs for appliances and light fixtures, which provide good lighting and are less harmful to the environment.
  2. Temperature control – Utilize ventilating systems that will efficiently cool or heat your home according to the season. There are firms that specialize in green architecture and offer windows and doors with energy-efficient finishings. You can choose from numerous options to ensure they match the rest of your home’s design.
  3. Find an energy calculator – This will assess your current energy usage by calculating the energy usage and efficiency of your house.
  4. Rug – Find rugs that are woven from all-natural, sustainable jute fibers.  They are free of synthetic dyes, as well as recyclable and biodegradable.  They will help retain heat in your home.
  5. Conserve water – On average, it takes three times more water to take a bath than a shower, so opt for the latter. If you have a leaky toilet, get it fixed immediately because it can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.
  6. Use recycled materials – Using recycled materials to decorate your home is another way to establish an eco-friendly home.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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