The Green Home Wave is Coming!

Many homeowners are aware of the major benefits of green homes but there is another spectrum of benefits most will never be aware of. It is estimated that approximately 10% of the new homes built in the coming years will be green homes so I hope you feel the importance of learning about them.

First, what exactly is a “green” home? It is actually quite simply. A green home is just a home that much consideration has went into regarding materials and construction methods. The emphasis tends to lie with materials that are free of residual toxins and are sustainable. The logic behind this is that most people have dirtier air inside their homes than that which is outside. Cleaning up the chemicals that go into creating the materials goes along way in preventing pollution inside the home.

Another focus of a green home is to design a home that uses less energy or relies on renewable energy. Frequently green homes are at least partially powered by solar energy and typically use sun light for heating and lighting the home as much as possible. Not only can sunlight be used for heat and light sources but can also be used to heat water for domestic use as well.

Green home construction does not stop at the previously listed benefits. Many insurance companies are falling in line to encourage green construction as much as they possibly can. You can now receive discounts from your homeowners insurance to your mortgage fees to add incentive to green construction. As more people start to look toward green construction, businesses will continually add programs that are green construction focused.

For the previously listed reasons, green homes typically sell for more money when they hit the market. Many homeowners prefer to live in green homes and would rather not have to pay additional energy fees if they know they have a choice. Since the government has introduced legislation that would encourage green construction in the way of tax credits and other incentives, more home buyers are being pointed to choose green construction.

As far as features go, green homes offer higher efficiency appliances, including plumbing and electrical systems, as well as drought resistance landscaping to reduce water consumption. They also use materials that are renewable meaning that glass that is collected at recycling points are used again, instead of filling our land fills. Insulation that is either organic or recycled is used along with paints and finishing compounds that do not emit polluting chemicals.

In fact, the way they are building green homes today frequently meets ADA requirements for handicap accessible homes. Green homes typically feature a flat entry way, no stairs, wider doors and other features that allow people with differing abilities and the elderly to easily negotiate their energy efficient home.

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.