Home Comforts with Little Cost to the Environment

Home Comforts with Little Cost to the Environment

The following contribution is from another author.

The home you live in needs to be a comfortable place, there’s no doubt about that. It shouldn’t be a clinical place, with cold walls and floors, and the windows shouldn’t be made up of frosted glass with seals on the openings. No, the home you live in needs to be a place you can settle into, to make sure you’re living a happy and healthy life. 

And that’s why home comforts (or creature comforts) are so important. Your home needs to be warm and dry, with a bed and a kitchen, to make sure you can sleep and eat with little difficulty. And yet, quite a few homes out there can lack the proper power behind these human necessities, and we need to make renovations of our own. 

But you don’t want your new and improved home to have an impact on the environment. You want to renovate with the climate in mind, and that takes a bit of preplanning. Thus, now’s the time to do a little research!

Pick Your Paints Right

The paints you’re using to coat your walls need to be environmentally friendly, and there’s quite a few options out there, if you think you’re stuck for choice! Natural paints, of course, are going to be top dog, but sometimes you need something a little more. You need a different color, according to your personal tastes, or you need a paint that helps to bring a natural warmth to an otherwise cold and empty space. 

And conventional paints can be bad for your health as well – think of the fumes that come out of those cans, and if you have a pet, artificial wet paint might not be good for their health. Either way, it’s time to do your research

Focus on Warming the Floors

The floors of your house have to put up with a lot. They’re covered in furniture, and they receive heavy footfall, day in and day out. Not to mention, the floors keep the damp and muddy ground out of your home, and make sure you’re sealed inside your shelter. 

And thus, investing in something like radiant floor heating systems is a great way to go about keeping your house eco friendly. Your house can be a lot warmer, simply from the heat the floor can put out, and that might tune down your heating bill as a whole. And it’ll save you money on socks and slippers as well. 

Simply put, a heated floor can reduce your carbon footprint, and the amount of waste product from your house. Give it a look at the least. 

Let the Sun in! 

Finally, make sure your house receives as much natural light as possible. The sun is the best heater known to man, and filtering out of your windows with blinds and curtains can harm your mood, as well as increase your bills. 

Having some home comforts on hand is key to feeling happy at home. Just make sure they’re good for the environment. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).


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