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By Roelf Nel

A green minded home is characterized by five main categories:

  • Materials and resources
  • Sustainable site
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Quality of the interior air

Some ideas on how to implement a green minded home:

Solar Panels

With Eskom’s load shedding schedule and woes having solar panels may become a solution to the constant load shedding that South African’s experience.  Solar panels use the sun’s energy to power your home.  Solar energy can be used to heat water, provide electricity to appliances and lighting.

Build to your advantage
Consider building your house in a place that uses the surrounding environment and its positioning to your advantage.  This passive design strategy focuses on using an ambient energy source; include daylighting, natural ventilation and solar energy.

LED and Natural Light
Using LED lights or natural lighting is cheaper and lasts longer than ordinary light bulbs. Natural light is, obviously, the best choice, since it has no negative effect on the environment, causes no waste and actually uplifts the psyche of the home’s inhabitants significantly.

Here are some advantages of using LED Light Bulbs:

  • LED lights are more durable and robust than conventional light bulbs, they can also be made significantly smaller than conventional bulbs and can be used in flashlights and other small devices
  • LED light bulbs are energy efficient – producing more light per watt than incandescent bulbs which results in cheaper LED lighting costs when compared to regular lighting
  • LED lights don’t contain the toxins found in incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, such as mercury
  • LED light bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs. Normal light bulbs have an average life span of 1,000 hours but an LED bulb has a life span of between 40,000 and 60,000 hours.
  • LED lighting operates at a lower temperature than incandescent light bulbs, less energy is wasted in heat production and subsequent heat loss

Green Your Walls and Roof
Have you considered growing plants on your walls and roof?  This offers many beneficial effects such as:

  • They insulate the building,
  • prevent noise pollution,
  • emit healthful Oxygen and absorb Carbon Dioxide

Growing vegetables on your roof will also ensure that you have organic food available to you at no extra cost or effort.

Grey Water Systems
Grey water is reusing your water; you can read more about grey water on our recent blog.

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