Effective Tips to Make a Green Home

With the increase in pollution and higher rate of health issues, an increased stress has been laid on the use of environment-friendly technologies in all aspects of life. Even the construction of homes has laid stress on energy-efficient solutions to build green homes that are beneficial both for human life and the environment.

Making a green home has become easy and reasonable in the present scenario. It does not take much of efforts and cost to trace some of the effective heating and cooling devices that will help to build a green home. Here are some of the excellent tips to make your home eco-friendly:

The first step to make your home green is to build walls that are well insulated. Such walls maintain a healthy balance of heat flow out and in of the house during winters and summers respectively. This dramatically reduces the amount of energy required for heat flow in and out.

In the present scenario many people use motion sensors at the entrance of their homes. These motion sensors detect all kind of movements and turn on the interior lights on detection. This not only detects the movement of thieves or unknown person into the compound but also detects your movement. So ensure that the lights of your house are switched off. Switch on one light at night or when you are not at home.

It’s a wonderful idea to replace all the bulbs and tube lights with compact fluorescent and light emitting diodes. These light systems consume less power and produce less heat. It is also advisable to avoid any use of fancy coverings over these lights because that will obstruct the way of illumination and you’ll require switching on more lights to get the desired light.

Check all the appliances that you use in your house. Make sure that all have green labels that are mostly characterized by star rating. There is two, three, four, or five star rating imprinted on the electronic appliances that give an indication of how energy-efficient the appliances are. If the appliance has a five-star rating it is most energy-efficient and consume lesser power than the others who have two, three, or four star ratings.

Use of solar panels can also reduce the amount of energy and power consumed. Solar heaters are comparatively expensive than traditional heaters but are cost-effective in the long run. Install these panels on the roof or terrace as they will heat up using the energy of the sunlight and will save lots of energy.

Upgrade your windows and make them energy-efficient. Use glass that reflects heat or else the air-conditioner in your room will consume more power to cool your room. This is because normal glass traps heat. Replace windows if they are old and have a cut or a leakage. Windows with a leak allow the entry of wind, rain water, and heat into the room that forces the electronics like heater and air-conditioner to consume more power for proper functioning.

Last but not the least, one most important step towards a green home is to create a surrounding that is full of greenery. Use plants, flowers, and other greens wherever possible to ensure more savings on energy and power.

Europe Knows Green Home Building

Green home building is very popular in the United States today, but many people do not know that Europeans have been building green homes for decades. We now have many technologies here in the United States that we consider to be new or innovative, but they really are not. Green home building is usually discussed in such a way that people marvel about these new technologies, but they are really only new to us.

For example, in Europe, a substance called Autoclave Aerated Concentrate, or AAC for short, has been used in constructing buildings for over two decades. According to experts, this substance is fire proof, highly insulating, and lightweight. It can be easily transported in large quantities, which will conserve fuel. Additionally, AAC is made of water, sand, cement, lime, and aluminum powder. Eighty percent of the AAC is made up of air, which is the main ingredient. The most important benefit is the fact that its production does not produce any byproducts. Builders have been using this building material in Germany for almost a century; however, it was introduced in the United States in 1996 and still is not widely accepted.

An additional green home building material that is used widely in Europe but not in the United States is the Wood Fiber Board. This type of board is created from the wood chip waste which is a byproduct of sawmills. Experts explain the fact that these boards do not emit toxins when manufactured. They are very inexpensive to produce, and they are totally compostable. But, we do not use those very much here in the United States. We like to cut down new trees to make new boards. It seems as though we prefer not using something we already have, but rather wasting to create new products.

Europe is way ahead of us when it comes to green home building practices. People in Europe have been using such construction methods for about a century, so it is nothing new for them…it is a way of life. We are in the right mind set to become equal in greenness to Europe, but I just hope it is not too late.

Advancements in Green Home Buildings – Lessons From Europe

The Green Movement, popular with the Hippies in the early 60s was the precursor for the present interest in building Green homes. The movement caught on in Europe and the United States with some variations along the way. The political authority of the green movement gained significantly with the institution of the German Green Party in 1970s. Many more Green political parties came into being notably in Europe and thus an institutional approach to the green movement was in place in Europe. These Green parties often formed alliances in Europe giving the impetus to the green agenda. A prime example is the green legislation tax passed in the late 1990s by the German government.

Now, nothing of that sort has happened in America. In this country, the Green movement has continued its march without any federal support. During the early years, building green homes was significantly more expensive than normal homes. The American building industry following the pragmatic capitalist line, sought to maximize profits unlike the European builders who had the pressure of the governments and influential NGOs to persevere building green.

One of the popular movements in Europe that has persisted over 30 years is termed Building Biology, and opines that traditional brick and mortar buildings with its ingredients of steel, concrete, plastic foams are unhealthy; it also recommends that naturally occurring local building materials are a better choice. Consequently, over the years, Europeans have been building walls with the help of loam. For insulation, recycled newspaper is a prudent choice. Used bathing water which was till late considered as waste by Americans, can be sensibly utilized for landscaping. The US LEED initiative which aims at bringing green building into the mainstream is still not a federal law. One may look at the French initiative, to implement its local building green norms in the European Union, as a positive influence on the State.

For ages, Americans have built their houses with wood, a cheap and plentiful commodity. The swift expansion of the US construction industry raised import of wood and consequently the loss of substantial tropical rainforest areas. The real estate developers did not see it fit to consider the incalculable harm that was being done to the global environment. The Europeans on the other had very early on understood the likely adverse impact on the environment and commenced forest plantation in their own countries as also using bamboo and other quick growing woods instead of tropical rainforest woods. Wonder why Europe has maintained an ample lead over the United States in building green.