Build an Eco-Friendly Home

The problem when house hunting is that they all lack one important aspect, your own personal touch. Therefore, instead of buying a house, why not build your own home. This way you can make the kitchen the exact size that you want, ceilings as high as you want and put the windows in all the right places.

In order to save costs and the environment in the long run, ensure that you build yourself a green home. A green home is simply a term used to describe a home designed that is environmentally friendly and with government looking to offer green home owners tax incentives, it will make your home loan applications process easier. Here are five tips to building your need green home:

Eco-friendly flooring: Instead of going for carpets or new wood, install eco-friendly flooring in your new home. You can choose from the following:

  • Bamboo – This type of flooring is strong, durable and renewable. This means that it will not only wear better, but it is cheaper to purchase.
  • Linoleum – This option is biodegradable, naturally anti-bacterial and non-toxic. This type of flooring is typically made from products like solidified linseed oil, pine rosin and ground cork dust.
  • Reclaimed wood – This type of flooring uses wood that is salvaged from old barns, homes and office floors and furniture, rather than buying new furniture and having to cut down more trees.

Solar panels: Solar power is one of the largest untapped energy sources in the world. All you need is the sunlight, and in South Africa, that is definitely not hard to come by. Roof top solar panels capture the suns power and transform it into usable energy. This can power your lights and geyser, ensuring that you save on electricity and improve the environment.

Organic Paint: Your home needs paint to protect it from the harsh weather condition. However, paint is both extremely bad for the environment and for you; in fact it is rated as one of the top hazards to the human health. Therefore, ensure that you use organic paint on walls, roofs and trimmings, it is better for both your health and the health of the environment.

Let in the light: Instead of having small windows stationed strategically around the home, ensure that you let the light in. Large window panels will not only improve the light in your home –thus minimising your need for lights-, but also a recent study showed that the amount of light in your home is directly related to a person’s happiness. So be happy and install larger window frames.

Furniture: When building an eco-friendly home, you need to ensure that the content inside the home is also created in an environmentally friendly manner. So do away with non-green products and build your home from recycled and reused products. For instance, buy reclaimed wood for tables and chairs or recycled materials for the linen and couch covers.

Be sure to build yourself a green home by following these five eco-friendly tips. These tips will help you save money, lower your carbon emissions and could potentially be a fantastic tax break, in the future.