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Green, Healthy and Safe: What are the Essentials of Living in a Sustainable Home

  • Written by Lilly Miller

With the increasing number of people becoming aware of the importance of conserving the environment, the need for sustainable living among eco-conscious homeowners is also on the rise. With eco-friendly resources, greener practices, and a healthier and safer life overall, sustainable homes are praised for both their environmental and socioeconomic advantages. To that end, here are some of the essential aspects of living in a sustainable home:

Respecting your surroundings and the environment

Being mindful and respectful towards the environment is at the core of sustainable living. However, we often forget that our own land, including our gardens, backyards and lawns, can affect nature and the wider ecosystem in an impactful way. For that reason, the aim of any eco-friendly home should be to accommodate to and preserve the natural landscape it’s located in.

This means that if you live in one of those beautiful American houses, a perfectly mowed lawn with some carefully trimmed hedges shouldn’t be your goal. Instead, you should pay close attention to the native flora and fauna of the area, and do your best to nurture and preserve it, in order to allow your community to flourish.

Efficiently utilizing renewable natural resources

All renewable homes make use of those natural resources that are entirely free and truly endless, such as wind, solar power and harvesting rainwater. If a home is built in such a way that it draws from these renewable resources, the need for fossil fuel derived energy will be significantly reduced, if not entirely eliminated, while also being a much more affordable option at the same time.

This can easily be achieved with thoughtful construction, regardless of the home in question. For instance, apart from good insulation to preserve energy, a home can also be strategically oriented to let as much natural sunshine in as possible, while towering trees could provide necessary shading, ultimately allowing you to cut back on energy consumption.

Investing in smart home insurance policies

Due to the higher costs of sustainable building materials, as well as the intricate systems set in place for utilizing renewable energy resources, many families living in a sustainable home choose to insure their assets with packages covering anything from their home to their belongings. But depending on where you live, your needs and the needs of your sustainable home might differ drastically.

For that reason, countries such as Australia, where several climates are present in one continent, tend to have companies offering home insurance by state, which are suited to your unique needs. They recognize that everyone lives differently, and has entirely individual demands, which is why they aim to customize the insurance policy to suit both the green home and the homeowner.

Minimizing the amount of household waste

While nearly everyone has heard the motto “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” by now, most of us still aren’t aware of the fact that the saying is phrased in order of importance. As far as minimizing your carbon footprint is concerned, the most important thing you can do is reduce the amount of products you buy first, reuse what you already own second, and only then recycle the items that have reached their expiration dates.

Apart from following this mantra in the most efficient manner, one essential thing every green household can and should do is composting, whether to reuse it as a natural fertilizer, or to simply reduce the amount of waste ending up on damaging landfills.

Opting for the most efficient design solutions

Smart design is at the heart of every sustainable home. The sturdier and more structurally sound a building is, the longer it will last, ultimately making less impact on the environment with unnecessary construction waste. Your home should also accommodate the needs of every family member, especially if you live with an elderly or someone with a disability. Apply necessary home modifications, which are usually valid expenses according to NDIS support coordination providers. However, it’s not only the structure that matters.

A green home should also utilize more eco-friendly materials, both when it comes to the interior and the exterior, and put an emphasis on long-lasting, ethically coursed, non-toxic and recyclable options. Besides the most common materials, such as bamboo, cork and reclaimed wood, new eco-friendly materials have also been introduced, such as sustainable concrete, which aim to help households be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Living in a green and sustainable home is not only better for the environment, but it might also benefit your own health and well-being in the long run. For many families living in such a way, simply knowing that they are doing their part to save the planet is enough to be happy and content in a sustainable home.