Are you thinking about refurbishing your home? What about converting your home into an eco-friendly place? Here are some ideas that would help you to create an environment friendly house.
Installing alternate energy sources
To economize the energy bill of your household and to reduce carbon footprints, you can install an alternative energy source in your house. You can install solar panels on the rooftop of your house. Solar panels are not only affordable but they are also easily available. Solar panels can be used for meeting most of the energy needs of your house. They require least maintenance, and last for a long time. If it is not possible for you to install large solar panels on your rooftop, you can also opt for solar lamps, which are especially useful for lighting patios. You can also replace your regular water heater with a solar water heater.
Reduce energy use
To design an environment friendly house, you should reduce your energy usage. Instead of using conventional incandescent light bulbs, install energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs not only help to reduce your total energy consumption, but they also more durable than the standard light bulbs. Use gadgets and kitchen appliances that confirm to the Energy Star norms.
Regular maintenance of washing machine and dishwasher helps to prevent clogging of pipes. To make efficient use of air conditioners, check their filters regularly. To facilitate smooth airflow, replace the dirty filters. Properly insulate your house. To improve the insulation of your house, install aluminum doors. Plug all openings in your doors and windows. During the summer, instead of turning on the air conditioner, try to cool your house with fans.
Use organic products
Keep toxic chemicals away from your house. Use eco-friendly products for washing and cleaning. Avoid chlorine-based cleaners. Use organic fertilizers and pesticides for your garden.
You can opt for bamboo or cork flooring. While choosing your upholstery, rugs, mattresses and bed sheets, select materials made from natural fibers. Use lead-free non-volatile organic paints on walls. Use products that are recyclable.
Both indoor and outdoor plants could further enhance the greenery of your house.