6 Easy Green Living Tips For Your Home

By Fehmeen Khan

Living in a green home not only gives you inner peace, but also bragging rights. Sustainable home design and lifestyles can reduce our dependence on artificial energy and preserve the environment for future generations. Many folks shy away from such projects because of perceived high costs, but that's not the case. These simple tips can get you on the right track without emptying your pockets.

1. Weather-Stripping Your Home to Reduce Energy Bill

To begin with, you can reduce your energy bill by caulking and weather-stripping your windows and doors. These are simple do-it-yourself procedures that seal any gaps that may let heat escape during winter season or let cool air escape during summer season.

2. Tweak the Windows for Energy Preservation

Next, if some rooms in your home are exposed to the sun, consider extending their roof eaves or using a tinted heat-reflective glass that complements your home's exterior. This will help shade the windows and block out as much sunlight as possible during hot weather. Adding curtains or blinds also contributes to reducing hot and cold air ventilation, which may reduce the load on your heater and air conditioners.

Another technique is to use solar screens, which are specially woven fiberglass shades. They can be installed outside windows to absorb and dissipate sun rays before they reach the actual window.

3. Fix up the Roof for Environmental Impact

Not surprisingly, sustainable design ideas can add both form and function to your home. When it comes to roof treatment, a creative way to drastically reduce its temperature is to cover it with drought-tolerant plants such as Sempervivum and Sedum. The same low water-use plants, in addition to dense trees and shrubs, can be grown around the house to cut down noise pollution as well as add green beauty to your home.

4. Delightful Daylighting to Make Your Home Green

Another effective practice is 'daylighting', which involves constructing windows or placing reflective material in a manner that will maximize the presence of natural light in a home. An example of 'daylighting' is a glass skylight in the attic that not only reduces the cramped effect created by a sloping roof, but also lets in plenty of sunlight.

5. Environmentally Friendly Light Bulbs

Of course, you still need to rely on electricity on dark cloudy days and at night. Consider buying energy-efficient bulbs because they use around 30% less energy compared to incandescent-light bulbs.

6. Insulate the Floor for Warmth

Lastly, a wall-to-wall carpet with underfelt will do you lots of good; it will provide a cushion between the hard flooring and your feet, it will offer sound control by muffling noise, and lastly, it will help insulate your home against heat and cold.

These are just a few ideas that can come together to create a less-polluted, more sustainable and environmentally-friendly house. It's easy to see, we can all use our homes to save energy and control pollution to help create a greener tomorrow.