How to Design an Eco-Friendly Home

When designing or renovating your ideal home, things like water and energy efficiency should be taken into consideration. One of the most common misconceptions about eco-friendly homes is that they are visually unappealing and do not have a welcoming vibe, however this is simply not the case. By making a few changes to your home’s design to make it more sustainable, you will not only be doing a world of good for the environment, but also for your ongoing energy bills.

Invest in insulation

Installing proper insulation in your home can drastically reduce your heating and cooling bills, which not only benefits your hip-pocket but also the environment. Ceiling insulation is common in most new homes, however a truly well-insulated home will also have insulated floors and even walls. Although insulation may not completely replace the need for an air conditioner or heater, it will significantly reduce the length of time you need to use such appliances for. Common home insulation materials include fibreglass, mineral wool, cellulose, polyurethane foam, and polystyrene. Each of these materials differ in cost, effectiveness, and potential environmental impacts, so it’s best to solicit the advice of a professional consultant to determine which material best suits your needs.

Natural lighting

The benefits of natural lighting shouldn’t be underestimated; not only does natural light make your home more aesthetically pleasing and inviting, it also minimises the need for artificial lights, and even heating. Innovative windows like clerestories, skylights, and tube lights are great for letting light in, and for larger windows, be sure to invest in blinds, and solar glazing to control how much heat is lost and gained through windows. Homes filled with natural light are ideal for indoor plants, which will improve the overall air quality.

Passive solar

Tying into the concept of natural lighting is passive solar design, which is a design concept that works with the position of the sun in order to harness natural heating. Because the sun moves in a higher arc through the sky during the summer months, as opposed to winter, it’s important to design your home in a way that minimises sun exposure in summer and maximises it in winter. A great way to do this is with a well-placed verandah.

Create a water saving backyard

Electricity consumption isn’t the only thing you need to worry about when developing an eco-friendly home, you must also be mindful of water consumption. Opt for native, water-saving plants and forgo the large lawn in favour of a concrete patio. An exposed aggregate concrete patio is a fantastic low maintenance option, which blends in well in a natural setting.

An eco-friendly home will save you thousands in bills in the long run and is a simple way to minimise your environmental footprint. Prestige Concrete can install an exposed aggregate concrete patio as the foundation of your water saving garden. Contact us today on 0411 440 157 to see what we can do for you.