We are currently seeing the continuing rise of the eco-friendly trend. Particularly, the demand for environmentally friendly homes has been growing at a remarkable pace. Though, some might see it as just a way to pacify environmentalists (what with the growth of the environmental movement), there are significant and concrete benefits in making your home eco-friendly.
1. Energy and Water Efficient
Eco-friendly homes are built to make use of natural and/or renewable resources. Solar energy is utilized through solar panels. Daylight is maximized through window designs that lets in as much natural light as possible. Alternative sources of clean water are used like rainwater, and efficient plumbing fixtures are installed to reduce water waste and allow recycling. All these easily make eco-friendly homes a cut above traditional property.
With the scarce availability of these essential resources, paired with the rising population, you would find that having a green home would ease your worries of having insufficient supply of water or energy in the long run.
2. Improves Health
Most standard building materials contain volatile organic compounds which can cause nausea; skin problems; eye, nose, and throat irritation; and even cancer. Fortunately, eco-friendly properties are built with eco materials, allowing you to do away with these harmful chemicals and pollutants, and to create a more ideal indoor environment. Making your home eco-friendly will thus allow you to have a great home environment, which can help reduce stress and improve your quality of life.
3. Sustainable and Attractive Design
With durable and sustainable materials used in creating eco-friendly properties, your home will last longer and will require less maintenance over time. This also means that you wouldn’t have to stress over and spend a lot on renovations in the future.
The durable design however does not sacrifice home aesthetics. Paired with eco-friendly furniture and decors, the neutral color tones and the textural contrast of natural building materials make for an attractive home.
4. Saves Money
As we’re facing an increase in water and energy prices every year, making your home eco-friendly can considerably reduce your monthly utility bills. With unique plumbing fixtures and energy-saving systems in place, your investment in buying a green home or upgrading your property to an environmentally friendly one will sooner or later be offset. Additionally, the construction features of green homes, which require less maintenance and repairs, will potentially save you a lot of money.
5. Reduce Carbon Footprint
By using recycled and/or renewable materials, and ensuring efficient energy usage, eco-friendly homes lessen carbon footprint, reduce strain on local resources, and lower impact on pollution. We can benefit from reduced carbon footprint as it helps prevent the increase of greenhouse gases, which causes global warming.
Considering the effects of climate change and the lack of sufficient action on this global issue, we are running the risk of depleting our resources and ruining our environment for the future generations. To contribute in our own way to the environmental movement, and to live in a better indoor environment, making your home eco-friendly is definitely a great investment.