Archive for October, 2012

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Homeowners consider their home “eco friendly” once they’ve furnished it with recycled materials and established the habit of composting.  While, in part, this assumption is true, it is merely the tip of the <i>green living</i> iceberg.  A truly eco-friendly home is placed in a strategic location, built with non-damaging materials, and equipped with sustainable systems from the ground up.

 

One major aspect of being ecologically friendly is maximizing the use of natural resources.  Before a green home is built, it should be designed to allow maximum sunlight into the house while still protecting the interior from overheating.  A flat base and a northward orientation allows for maximum sun exposure.  As with T-shirts, paint colors also affect the house in sunlight.  Light colors deflect the most heat and are ideal for roofs with solar panels.  Dark colors absorb heat and make a house warm– excessively so during summer.

 

 

Having the design in place is only half the task.  An eco-friendly home must be built with materials that are both environmentally friendly and sufficiently insulating at the same time.  Insulation is key in an energy-efficient home.  Floors must be made from material that locks air in, and roofs must be shaped depending on the climate– maximizing sun exposure in cold places and allowing heat to escape in tropical regions.

 

While deliberately building an eco-friendly home appears more costly than the standard designs, the money saved from consuming less energy will justify the building costs in just a short time.  All in all, building an eco-friendly home is not about hopping on a bandwagon.  It is simply applying smart economics.

 

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To learn more about building energy-efficient homes, visit Hobson Air at this website.

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