Category: Green Real Estate

The Benefits of an Eco Friendly Home

  • By Householders Guide
  • 29th March, 2011
Eco Friendly Home

Living in an eco friendly home has far more benefits than the traditional home.

Yes, it is true that the one disadvantage is that eco friendly homes are generally more expensive. However, you will find that in the long run you could end up saving far more money than you would in a traditional home. In addition, besides the long-term financial benefits, an eco friendly home can save a lot of energy and provides a healthier living experience for you and your family.

A traditional house can use a lot of energy and resources. If you think about how many times you flush the toilet, run your bath, take a shower, or use the washing machine, you can see just how much water gets used up on a daily basis. Whilst it is essential to use this water, the traditional ways that things have been set up in a house also wastes a lot of water. The same applies with electricity. Every household has an abundance of appliances to help make life more convenient, such as the easy flip of a switch to create light, the ability to be entertained by watching TV or surfing the Internet on your computer, or using the dishwasher and washing machine to take care of those not so nice chores. When you think about the amount of electricity that gets used up on a daily basis, you will soon see how easy it is to waste it, which in turn can create large electric bills.

Lastly, the materials the traditional homes are made of can emit fumes that can be a hazard to your health and your family's health. The types of paint and building materials that are used have been shown throughout history to create some serious health problems.

An eco friendly home differs in that it is able to save you a lot of energy and resources. For example, by using special energy-saving light bulbs, or by implementing a timed mechanism to ensure that electricity only gets used when it is needed, you will be saving a lot of money in the long term. Another way to achieve this is by using solar panels, which can be expensive to implement, yet can save you a lot of money in the long run. It is shown that an eco friendly home is able to use 40% less energy than the traditional home, so imagine how much money you are saving whilst at the same time ensuring that your house is environmentally friendly.

An eco friendly home uses the concept of 'gray water' in order to save water. In other words, these homes are designed in such a way so that you will be able to use your bath water to flush the toilets or to water the garden. By taking this approach, you are spending less money on water, and at the same time helping the world to save this important resource for the environment and for those that really need it.

To ensure the health and safety of your family, and eco friendly home will usually use environmentally friendly materials such as lime plaster, straw bale, FSC timber and many others. By utilizing these types of materials, your family is able to live in a home that is absence of any type of harmful gases and substances that can be released into your living environment. So when you consider all of these facts, it becomes very difficult to ignore the benefits of owning an eco friendly home.

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