How to Design Eco Friendly Homes

What is an eco -friendly home ? Looking after and conserving the environment is important and can be summed up as the 3 Rs – Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. But just knowing these is not enough. If you’re planning to get a new home or renovate an existing one, it’s worth considering a modern yet eco-friendly plan.

As far as helping the environment is concerned, the scale of your plan, or how much you spend on it is not the most important thing. It’s often easier to do things on a gradient and even small steps will in their own way help to protect and conserve the environment.

Below are some tips that will help you design eco-friendly homes.

Material for building

While planning to build eco-friendly homes the first thing you should consider is the material that will be used. Though it might not be possible for you to opt for only sustainable materials, you can opt for material like wood which can be recycled, or that has already has been recycled. Recycled rubber is another material that isn’t often thought of, but does conserve resources. It can be used for your floors.

Exterior home design

There are many ways you can create an eco-friendly exterior for your home. Go for a sprawling garden using organic methods and materials. Next, you need to think about the fences. Solar-electric fences that run on solar power are ideal for security purposes. You can also opt for bamboo privacy fences. For lighting, you can opt for solar powered garden lights and may solar lights can also be used within your home.

Interior home design

Not surprisingly, if you look around you can find eco-friendly paint. Have you heard about the eco friendly furniture? Bamboo and cane makes great furniture and for an eco-friendly design, stay away from metal and plastics.

Appliances for your home

Your job doesn’t end by just taking care of the interior and exterior of the building. You can further help with the choices of things that are used in your house on a daily basis.

Appliances have an important role to play. Just because you intend to protect the environment doesn’t mean you can’t use appliances. But if possible go solar. You can get solar panels installed for heating your home, solar powered cookers and solar or heat-pump water heaters. Solar ovens are also available.

Well those ideas are a start. You of course can come up with your own ways of using naturally available materials for different purposes. Looking after our world is something we should be doing for our kids and future generations. Hopefully there will be other useful ideas and information in this site that will help you.