Use natural light, earth-friendly materials when designing green home

Using natural light and environmentally friendly materials are two keys to designing a sustainable home.

April 10, 2013

Using natural light and environmentally friendly materials are two keys to designing a sustainable home. Also recommended to boost the greenness of a house:

• Use earth-friendly roofing material, like recycled aluminum. This type of roofing option is durable and heat-resistant.
 
• Look for foam core structural fittings and insulated panels. Quality wood will last longer.
 
• Install resilient bamboo flooring throughout the home. It’s a fast growing grass that helps the environment. It’s made to withstand staining, termites, and water damage.
 
• Keep cooled or heated air from escaping when you use double paned energy-efficient windows that feature a certified energy star rating for better insulation.
 
• For better heating and air-conditioning, mount solar panels on your home. This helps to both enhance the value of your home and also reduce your monthly electric bill.
 
• Use rainwater barrels and a tankless water heater. This again will help you save a significant amount of money every month.
 
• A natural gas fireplace is also better for the environment than burning wood.
 

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