Eco-Friendly Features for Modern Luxury Homes

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Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and rethinking their lifestyle choices. For many families, this means transforming their luxury homes into eco-friendly luxury homes.

Earlier, it was believed that luxurious living and eco-friendliness do not go hand-in-hand. This belief was not baseless as luxury homes usually use multiple power-hungry appliances that do not just hurt homeowners’ pockets but also impact the environment.

Thankfully, luxury homeowners now have various ways to decrease their homes’ carbon footprint. Here are some eco-friendly features that you can add to your home to reduce its environmental impact.

Energy-efficient Windows

It is estimated that around 30 percent of heating and cooling energy loss in an average home can be attributed to air leaks around windows and doors. (Source-

To reduce heating and cooling costs, upgrade from ordinary windows to energy-efficient double or triple glazed windows. When buying energy-efficient windows, check their U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. Look for Energy Star certified products

Green Roofs and Walls

Green roofs and walls have been around for quite some time now. Thanks to advancements in technology, these green products can now be used in both rural and urban environments. Green walls and roofs can reduce the urban heat island effect.

Green roofs can catch up to 60 percent of stormwater. Both green roofs and walls can help reduce cooling and heating costs by regulating heat gain or loss across the building surface. Several studies have shown that green walls and facades can help improve urban air quality.

Energy-efficient Lighting

An energy-efficient product consumes less energy than its traditional counterparts. The reduced energy usage does not impact its output. To make your home a more eco-friendly place, replace traditional lighting fixtures such as incandescent lamps with energy-efficient products such as CFL lamps, LED lamps, and fluorescent lamps.

If you want to improve lighting controls, consider installing motion sensors, infrared sensors, dimmers, and automatic timers. These sensors and controls are designed to regulate the operation of lighting fixtures according to the time of the day and level of activity.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Did you know that a substantial percentage of the energy that you use to heat and cool your home is produced by burning fossil fuels? These fossil fuels produce large quantities of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases when burnt.

To reduce your carbon footprint, you need to reduce your dependency on energy produced by fossil fuels. One way to do this is by switching to geothermal heating and cooling. A geothermal system harnesses the forces of nature to produce energy.

A typical system can last 20 years. These systems are easy to maintain and also make a big aesthetic impact.

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