Pollution has reached superlative excesses. Our ecosystem worries us all, and more and more families are looking for ways to save on energy, water, etc., to get a sustainable house.
Discover ways to make your home sustainable. The fundamental idea here is to turn our homes into more environment-friendly, ecological places.
What is an eco-home? The foundation of sustainable home
First of all, what always comes to mind is saving energy for a sustainable home. But we must also take into account good insulation, thermal comfort, and quality of life.
There are always 3 Rs that must be respected to achieve a sustainable world: recycle, reduce, and reuse. A more sustainable world and a “green” world is possible. In other words, a sustainable eco-home is that house that is maintained by clean and renewable energy.
And not only that but also the materials and the decorative elements will go hand in hand with ecological responsibility. And no, it is not impossible to decorate the home in an ecological way because not everything is made up of cardboard furniture or recycled paper. There are luxury items, either for quality or for appearance, that will decorate our house in a fantastic way.
Sustainable energy and materials
Faced with atmospheric conditions, whether cold or hot, we should not always use electrical devices. For example, good hermetically closed windows will allow us to conserve heat from heating in winter. It is the perfect excuse to change your windows and also have a more sustainable home.
You can change the frames of the wood and the glass of the windows. Good glass will allow the heating to be set five degrees below normal.
With each higher grade, the increase in energy spent will rise by 7%. Also, even if it costs more in winter, it is recommended to open the windows at least 10 minutes a day. This will end up with bad smells and an unwanted thermal sensation.
The question is, where is the decoration here? In decorative frames and plants. When changing frames and windows, we can put some well finished wooden frames.
As for plants, they will eliminate toxic substances such as benzene, formaldehyde, or trichloroethylene in the air from our sustainable homes. These are the substances that are present in our homes in paints, vinyl, furniture or varnishes, etc.
Another way of achieving sustainable eco-homes is through the materials. The floor of our house, for example, can be parquet and be more sustainable. There are several companies that collect their wood from sustainable forests which do not usually cost a lot.
And as for the walls, there is also ecological and sustainable paint. These paints are obtained from pigments taken from minerals and plants.
The difference between this sustainable paint and other non-ecological ones is that its production and use do not pollute. This means that you will not have chemicals that can harm health.
Sustainable elements that surprise
Everyone wants a fireplace at home. But this goes against the ecological and sustainability principles. Burning wood produces large amounts of CO2. You would be surprised to know that there are vents that already produce environmentally
friendly fireplaces with a performance just as high as a normal fireplace.
In the bedrooms, it is possible to have a 100% natural bed. The trick is to get a cotton cloth. This is a material that is obtained from plants.
IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE MORE SUSTAINABLE
1. Reforms for energy saving
Reducing the electricity bill is essential. Economy and ecology always go hand in hand, saving money and energy consumed. To achieve them, in our reforms we always propose :
Always take as much advantage of sunlight as possible.
Many houses are unnecessarily dark, and you should take advantage of the reform to find more natural light wherever it can be found. How? Well, each house has different solutions. In our reforms we have achieved more light by doing things like:
- Pull a partition to join two rooms with a window or an exit to the outside (living room and bedroom, living room, and kitchen …).
- Transform windows that open onto a balcony or terrace into doors.
- Replace a partition with a glass wall.
- Expand windows.
And of course, use white to reflect the light as best as possible.
More natural light means less expense in turning on the lights to see, and also more natural heat in winter, reducing the expense in heating. What will be hotter in summer? For that there are curtains or blinds, you are always in time to darken an environment. But to illuminate it with sunlight, the moment is reform.
LED electrical systems
We are very fans of LED lighting, not because we are obsessed with technology, but because it is the most efficient system on the market.
You have already heard of its low consumption and the consequent savings for your bill. But many other environmental benefits emerge from LED lights:
- They do not heat, that is, they are more efficient, because the energy they consume transforms it only into the light, without producing unnecessary heat.
- Its manufacture involves less CO2 emission.
- They do not emit UV rays like other types of focus.
- They do not contain mercury, lead or other heavy metals included in fluorescent lamps.
And they also look great, they fit into any style (there are modern ones and there are retro ones ) and generate the best ambient light you can imagine. To not think about it!
The temperature leak supposes another painful leak in our bill, and greater electrical consumption in heating and air conditioning.
Perfect insulation is a must to make the most of every last watt.
For this reason, we always recommend installing double or triple glazing on windows. In addition to insulating from outside noise, they are the worst temperature conductors in the world, and with a professional seal, they will prevent you from losing heat or cold, making your home more sustainable.
Every time we reform a kitchen we find the same dilemma: high energy consumption (which is cheaper) or low consumption and ecological (which are more expensive).
Our advice is always the same: what you invest now in your household appliances will save on the next bills. It is convenient to think in the medium and long term, because the difference in consumption between a G or F appliance, or a class B or A one, is abysmal. With the latter, the savings in bills will allow you to amortize the appliance sooner than you think.
2. Water-saving reforms
An ecological and sustainable house must look to save water. And here, sanitary and faucet providers have a lot to say.
Perhaps you think that choosing one toilet or another, or these taps instead of those, does not have much influence. But nowadays elements such as:
- Tanks with a double button or interrupted discharge.
- Faucets and shower columns with built-in flow reducers, or aerators, which reduce the cost by up to 50% without you noticing the slightest drop in power.
- Thermostatic controls that regulate the water temperature themselves so as not to spend more energy than exclusively necessary.
- Even taps that mix running and filtered water, ideal so you never have to buy a bottle of mineral water again.
This happens as with household appliances: the investment you make now means fewer bills later.
So if you are planning a reform, take these factors into account for an ecological and sustainable house, and you will not only be happy with the new style of the room or the entire house but with the savings, you will see since then on your electricity bills. and water.
Digvijay Rajdaan is Sr. interior designer at Design By Lavassa. He is an award-winning interior designer of residential and commercial spaces. He strives to design unique interiors that will have a positive impact on his clients’ lives.