When it comes to your own home, there are plenty of sustainable updates you can make, but where do you start? Well, let’s start with the New Atlas list of most sustainable homes in the world! In fact, they have a few common elements. Here are three takeaways from the world’s top 10 most sustainable homes.
Local, sustainable materials
Take a look at the Waste House…this beauty is made of 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, and 2,000 used carpet tiles. Now, this is out of reach for your own personal home, but take this incredibly recycled home to heart. Utilize local resources and work with companies committed to sustainability when building or renovating to avoid landfill buildup. Start small, like choosing green cabinet styles and sustainable interior design such as recycled furniture.
Easily, energy efficiency is one of the most common sustainable house features seen throughout the top 10 most sustainable homes. Nearly every home on the list has made extreme efforts to lower energy use; the Pop-Up House sports an airtight thermal envelope that requires no heating and the Slip House uses excellent insulation to reduce CO2 emissions. While these efficiency leaders go above and beyond, start by making small modifications such as investing in energy efficient windows.
Of all the sustainable house features, solar power is potentially the simplest way to make the biggest impact. Every one of the homes on New Atlas’ list utilizes solar power… not only does this turn the endless resource of sunlight into energy, but it will decrease your energy bills on the long run. What more could you ask for?!
Solar panels can be pricey, so make a plan to save the money. Here’s an idea: make it a goal to reduce your monthly energy use, and put the money you’ve saved into a future solar panels fund.