5 Eco-Friendly Luxury Home Ideas

5 Eco-Friendly Luxury Home IdeasYou don’t need to compromise design to reduce the world’s carbon emissions. Thanks to today’s latest green technology, and help from expert architects, you can have a luxurious home without destroying the environment.

Many well-known celebrities, such as Orlando Bloom, Julia Roberts, and  Ed Begley, Jr. have already turned their mansions green. If you want to do your part in making the world a better place, here are basic tips and ideas to convert your luxury home into an eco-friendly one.

1. Purchase Energy Star-rated appliances

Energy Star, created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products. Not only does it help protect the environment through superior energy efficiency, but also helps individuals and businesses save money.

When purchasing kitchen appliances, computer products, and other gadgets for your luxury home, look for the Energy Star service label. These marked appliances generally use 20-30% less energy than required by federal standards. Whirlpool and GE are some of the brands with Energy Star labels.

2. Make use of smart thermostats

Regular thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature through a control panel. “Smart” thermostats, on the other hand, allow you to control the climate in your home remotely through a web app. These thermostats show you your consumption real-time and even raises or lowers the temperature according to your activities. There are different smart thermostat models available, depending on your needs.

Using smart thermostats allows you to see how much you’re spending on cooling/heating costs, and tweak the programming to save you energy and money.

3. Use LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes are more eco-friendly that the traditional incandescent light bulbs, which waste 90 percent of the energy they consume. It doesn’t contain mercury and can operate even at a low temperature. Aside from that, LEDs have an extremely long life span, meaning less time in changing light bulbs, and lesser cost in maintenance.

4. Have energy efficient fireplaces

Fireplaces are part of almost every luxury home. However, smoke from traditional wood fireplaces are hazardous to your health and to the environment. To minimize the risk, many have switched to electric fireplaces. However, these things use up a lot of energy.

EcoSmart Fire gets rid of the flue and electric bill altogether. This green alternative to traditional fireplaces creates safe, bioethanol fueled luxury fireplaces that are incredibly versatile and beautiful. With designs ranging from classic to modern, these energy-efficient fireplaces can be used outdoors and indoors to transform your home and warm your heart.

5. Install solar panels

Instead of sucking power from a fossil-fueled grid, consider installing solar panels to generate energy. Julia Roberts has done it to her 6,000 square foot home, and so can you. Using clean energy harnessed from the sun doesn’t just save you half on your electricity bills, it also does so much more to the planet.

If you haven’t made the switch yet, start now. Renovate your home to make it more sustainable. You need not worry about the appearance.

Melissa Page
Melissa Page has been writing for over four years. She loves travelling and is an advocate for a greener world.
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