The future doesn’t look too bright.
At the rate at which we burn fossil fuels, we’ll run out of them in just a few decades. Not to mention, the world’s increasing energy needs produce a corresponding amount of green gas emissions that hurt the environment. The planet has become a ticking bomb that will explode if we don’t take action.
But, what more can you do than recycling, watching your water and energy waste, and opting for energy-efficient appliances?
Well, if you’re planning to move soon or are thinking about purchasing a place of your own, you could choose green homes.
Sure, sustainable homes are still in their infancy, but more and more home builders, designers, architects and people are investing in them. Moreover, being conscious about your carbon footprints is not the only reason you should go green.
Read on to learn about some of the biggest benefits of living in green homes.
1. You’ll Save More Money
You may think that all those new and fancy materials will break the bank, so it’s better to stick with the traditional concrete homes. In reality, the government offers incentives, such as utility and tax rebates, grants, low-interest loans and building permit fee waivers for living in a green home.
Furthermore, those materials are sturdier, often thinner, more efficient, lighter and stronger, increasing the durability of your home. That means you’ll spend less money and time on maintenance and replacements.
Energy savings are another big plus. Due to advanced technologies that use the sun or the wind as power sources, you can use up to 90% less heating energy by choosing green instead of “traditional.”
Your energy bills will be cheaper because green homes have, by default, better insulation, sealed doors and windows, efficient heating and cooling systems, efficient lighting and appliances, and tight ductwork.
Green homes also come with efficient plumbing system designs, high-efficiency appliances (like low-flow faucets and showerheads) and irrigation systems (such as rainwater harvesting and xeriscaping) that take sustainability to a new level.
2. You’ll Live a Better, Healthier Life
You try to follow a healthy diet, exercise daily, sleep eight hours per night, and unwind at the end of the week. All this effort could be for nothing if you’re living in a toxic environment.
In the case of most traditional homes, a lot of toxicity is emitted into the air during construction. Not only that paints, sealants, cleaners and adhesives have a strong odor, but they can also cause respiratory or immune system problems.
With a green home, you can forget about all these problems. The materials used to erect green homes are chemical-free, not posing any health risks for you in the long run.
Another health perk of moving into a sustainable home is that you’ll enjoy a better indoor air quality. State-of-the-art ventilation systems circulate the air from inside out and the other way around, eliminating bad odors, pathogens, while keeping the air fresh and clean. Proper sealing and ventilation will also prevent mold from forming. Pollens and pollutants will also be kept out.
Efficient insulation will produce fewer temperature variations between rooms and lower the noise level, keeping you healthy and comfortable.
3. You’ll Be Helping the Environment
Over 90% of the greenhouse gas emissions are released from fossil fuel combustion, meaning that the simple act of turning on the lights or the air conditioner is slowly hurting the environment.
Green homes are designed to reduce our reliance on non-renewable sources. Everything from the building materials they use to the way they operate aims to reduce your carbon footprints.
The carbon footprint depends on the size of your house as well. The larger the house, the larger the footprint. But, one “green” principle is to do more with less. Multi-functional rooms will reduce the space needed, reducing your impact on the environment.
A home renovating or building project is stressful not only for you but the environment as well. With a traditional project, the building materials and their transportation, energy consumption and waste have a great negative environmental impact. By simply replacing the materials with eco-friendly ones, you can lessen the impact. Not to mention, you’ll have a more durable home that needs fewer repairs and renovation.
Although green homes are still an innovation, more and more home builders are adopting the technologies required and designing houses with sustainability in mind. Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll see consumers shift from “nice to have” to “must have” green home technologies in their new homes.