Home designs that will reduce your carbon footprint

People today are well aware of how their actions can have positive or negative influences on the planet. While the federal government still wrestles with the idea of what actions – if any – to take to help prevent the effects of climate change, there is plenty that individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprints and increase their energy efficiency. By following these simple design suggestions, you can ensure that your home will be both stylish and green.

Non-toxic paint: While typical household paints contain thousands of chemicals and toxins, you can find paint that is made with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which make up most of the harmful elements of these paints. Non-toxic paints are not only better for the environment, but they are better for your health. VOCs have been linked to cancer and other serious diseases. Low and non-VOC paints are sold by many major paint manufacturers.

Open floor plan: If you are a homeowner that is about to remodel or redesign your house, you should consider cutting down the number of rooms, especially on the first floor. Open up your home so that the entire floor is essentially one oversized room, and divide up the living and dining areas with accessories and furniture. This will help reduce your carbon footprint because it will require less building materials than a plan that has multiple rooms.

Trees: Homeowners in the market for a new home should look for places surrounded by trees. Not only will the trees provide you with oxygen, but their shade will cool down your house, reducing your reliance on air conditioning in the summer months. You will be spending far less electricity, which will help the environment.

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