What makes a home green? Technically speaking, in order to be considered ‘green,’ a home should save energy, water, and other resources. It should be constructed and maintained with great care for the environment.
There are many different things you can do to your home to make it a little more eco-friendly – and budget-friendly. The few changes listed below can make a huge difference to the world, and to your life.
Instead of using typical hardwood flooring, try using bamboo. Bamboo grows eight times faster than traditional wood-supplying trees and it will grow again after being harvested. Another great and green option for flooring is cork. It may seem like an odd choice, but recycled cork can be used to create a beautiful and unique floor.
Another change that can be made to make your home more ‘green’ is to replace those old-fashioned light bulbs with LED lights. LED lights consume very little energy and have a much longer lifespan than the traditional incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but the money you will save in energy costs and the longevity of the bulbs will be worth the initial cost.
Creating a green building is not over at the construction process. It has to be meticulously managed throughout its life. One of the biggest parts of being ‘green’ is to ensure waste reduction instruments are utilized. Using renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, help to curb carbon dioxide emission and air pollution.