The world is going green, with greater awareness of the environment increasing the acceptability of green trends. Adopting green principles in home construction is not only good for the environment but also for the occupants and future generations. Fortunately, the popularity of environment-friendly construction trends has made it less challenging to incorporate green practices.
Here are some of the ways eco-friendly features can be integrated into home construction.
Begin with Energy Star equipment and appliances in the home. These appliances are certified as being energy efficient by the EPA, and they offer many cost-saving benefits to homeowners as a result.
Adding a green wall is another proven method to create a more energy efficient home. An artificial green wall with a variety of green wall plants can provide added insulation to keep cool air in and hot air out during the summer months and vice versa in winter.
Insulation is one of the most important features of an eco-friendly home. Even the slightest air leak around windows, doors or ducts can cause indoor air to escape, reducing the thermal efficiency of the home, wasting energy and causing a rise in utility bills. While you will have to plug the leaks and seal off any openings yourself, installing a vertical green wall can provide a little insulation boost to those particularly hot or cold days.
CFL and LED lights may have a higher initial cost, but the savings they deliver through energy efficient operation more than pay you back, and quickly too. Many green homes are turning towards eco-friendly lighting, which is considered as one of the basic features of future builds.
Lighting design is a challenging aspect of new home constructions. However, artificial green wall plants used in home decor don’t require natural light. You can choose from a variety of different plants and use various types of energy efficient bulbs to create the environment you want.
Strategic landscaping can help the environment
Summers not only heat up the home but can also increase discomfort for the occupants. To help make it more eco-friendly, consider planting trees on the western and southern sides of the home. The trees will not only shade the home from direct sunlight but also significantly reduce the strain on your HVAC system.
Evergreen Walls assists current and future homeowners with creating an eco-friendly home using green wall plants.