How Can You Make Your Summerhouse Eco-Friendly?

Many of us have had a rising concern for our environment, opting to do what we can to make our world a better place to live in. Thus, most people are gearing towards eco-friendly homes, while corporate buildings continue to improve their structures or create business establishments using sustainable design methods to protect the ecosystem.

We all know that our home environment impacts our health and quality of life. For several years now, designers have worked hard to lessen the negative impact on the environment by developing sustainable architecture. Interior designs focus more on improving light sources, ergonomic elements, and indoor air quality. All these factors aim to improve people’s health and well-being and help heal the environment.

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Apart from your home, you may also want to focus on your summerhouse and make it even more eco-friendly. Since you spend a lot of time there, especially during the hottest seasons of the year, it is an excellent idea to make some improvements and create an eco-friendly summerhouse. And if you plan to build a summerhouse soon, consider the following tips to make it an eco-friendly one.

Use sustainable construction materials

Whether you plan to build a summerhouse or are making improvements to your existing one, it is best to use sustainable construction materials that help protect the environment.

For instance, it is recommended to use log lap cladding that is environment-friendly, natural, and durable. It offers natural insulation so that heat is maintained inside the summerhouse during the cold season. It is also tough and durable, withstanding the elements, so your structure is protected in the outdoors.

Opt for energy-efficient appliances

There are many energy-efficient appliances available today for you to choose from. You can select ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, and other devices we typically need at home. Your summer home can use these types of appliances instead of traditional ones that use up a lot of energy, so it can help you save more and help the environment to go for those that save on energy.

Additionally, it would be best to switch to LED lights that offer the same illumination without consuming too much power. They last longer and are affordable too. Finally, use a digital thermostat to control the temperature where it is most comfortable for your HVAC system.

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Learn how to repurpose and recycle

Instead of getting rid of excess construction materials such as wood or bricks, use your creativity to create something functional with them by repurposing. For example, you may create a fireplace or construct an outdoor table with leftover materials. Additionally, you may find a use for them should you need to make repairs and save money in the process.

For other items you have, think of how to recycle them instead of throwing them away, especially those that are non-biodegradable. Again, be resourceful and create something you can use from these items.

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It is our responsibility to take better care of our world. The future of our children depends on it. We should also teach our family members to be more conscious about how to protect the environment. You can do your part by creating an eco-friendly summerhouse.

 

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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