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8 Sustainable Home Design Ideas

8 Sustainable Home Design Ideas

In an era of heightened awareness of climate change, it’s imperative that we are across its potentially negative impact on the environment and on our health. If you want to actively reduce your contribution to climate change, one thing you can do is to build a sustainable house.  

What is a sustainable house?

A sustainable house has design features that save water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produces less waste during construction and over the lifetime of the house.

Generally, a sustainable house aims to minimise the occupants' carbon footprint by using sustainable home design plans. This type of house is designed not just to have a smaller carbon footprint but also to save money on utilities, since it can self-sustain itself. Here are eight sustainable house design features that could be worth having in your house.

1. Proper insulation

Having proper insulation in your green home can reduce the transfer of heat. This is essential for keeping your house warm during the cooler months and cool during the hotter months. Insulation can reduce your energy consumption and it lets you save money on electricity bills.

2. Solar panels

Solar panels collect solar energy from the sun and convert it into a clean and renewable source of energy at home. They produce little or no greenhouse gas emissions and can reduce your dependency on fossil fuels. While this sustainable house feature involves outlaying an investment 'upfront', the long-term savings are beneficial to your finances thanks to lower electricity bills.

3. Water conserving fixtures

Low-flow shower heads and taps, dual-flush toilets, and other high-efficiency plumbing fixtures are effective ways to conserve water in your green house. These fixtures are pretty easy to install and can be inexpensive. You will not only save money on water bills but you can also save water.

4. Clothes line

Clothes dryers consume a lot of energy. One easy way to reduce that is to have a clothes line in your backyard. Australian weather is ideal for drying clothes plus it is very easy to fold and hide the line when you don’t need it. Expect lower electricity bills every month once you start using your clothes line instead of a dryer.

5. Natural light sources             

Having natural light in your sustainable house is a major energy saver. An effective method to ensure you’re getting enough natural sunlight is having the correct placement of windows or the right orientation when building your sustainable house. You want to build your house with a lot of windows that can capture light.

6. Rain water collection

Collecting rain water is a very effective way to reduce water consumption at home. This water can be used to water your garden, flush the toilet, or even drink if you filter and purify the water. To collect rain water, install roof gutters and downspouts that direct the rain water to a tank.

7. Energy-efficient appliances

Investing in energy-efficient appliances can guarantee that you have less environmental impact and lower energy bills. But of course, before buying one you need to make sure that the appliance is durable and it will last a long time. Check out reviews online and compare value.

8. Sustainable house materials

A sustainable house will not be complete if it isn't built with sustainable materials. Make sure to avoid using material that has Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs. You can opt to use paint or glues with low VOC. You can also use building materials that can be recycled or reused, or are made from sustainable or recycled materials.

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