Constructing a Green home for personal useTo save our environment we are trying hard to make use of such raw-materials that are environment friendly. This type of house saves energy. To construct a well-designed green home certain points have to be kept in mind before starting the construction of the house. The first step is the use of eco-friendly raw materials. You should use cement high on fly ash content and use the reusable material found in the landfills like re engineered wood or ancient wooden beams retrieved from old houses. If you have a garden, then you should use drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler system and installing of rainwater harvesting plant in the initial stages is very effective. You should also have the pathways, drive ways made of permeable paving so that rainwater can seep through the soil.
Using Forest Stewardship Council certified wood for all woodwork is a step in making cleaner house. You can also harnessing the power of the sun by fitting solar heaters and photovoltaic cells so that your electricity consumption and bills is reduced. Another point you can keep in mind is that you should get light colored roofs fitted than dark colored roofs as they are more reflective and thus reduce buildup of heat inside the house. Light colored roofs do not undergo as much thermal expansion as dark colored roofs and hence last longer.
Using recycled wood furniture for the house interiors is an alternative for saving energy resources. The flooring can be done with cork or bamboo and vinyl linoleum should be avoided and in its place natural linoleum should be used. The ducting in the house should be leak proof as it causes loss of energy used. To save water you can use low volume flush toilets and fitting flow reducers to faucets and shower heads. All these small steps will make environment cleaner as well as save money.