These days, there is a lot of emphasis on protecting the environment, particularly when it comes to making changes to your home that will benefit the world around you. Just what is available, and what advantages will each change bring?
Eco-friendly features for your home
There are a number of fantastic eco-friendly features that are available for your home, each offering to heavily reduce your carbon footprint and save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Solar panels, for example, allow you to power your own home using little more than the sun’s rays, are great for the environment, and will, after the initial few years, actually earn you money – particularly if you are able to sell surplus electricity back to a regional energy supplier. Air source heat pumps, meanwhile, are incredibly energy efficient and work a little like refrigeration systems in reverse, producing cold air and using the heat that is created internally to provide energy for your home. Harnessing natural warmth from the outside world, air source heat pumps can significantly reduce your carbon emissions and reduce your bills. Enabling you to quickly and efficiently heat the water within your home, solar thermal panels convert the sun’s rays into power, which is then harnessed by a special water-holding cylinder. Again, this fantastic system will reduce your bills and carbon footprint.
Other fantastically futuristic but wholly purposeful modern additions to your home include specially designed windows that can enhance the light that is filtered into your home while keeping rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter, with minimum impact to the environment; infrared heaters; and water collection systems that enable you to reuse rain water. Even installing insulation into your property can significantly reduce energy bills; it’s all about knowing where to look, and what’s available in your area. Not convinced that all of these changes are enough? There are companies out there willing to build you an eco-friendly home – that is, a repurposed residence with features specifically designed to make the most of the environment while appearing modern and attractive.
Eco-friendly features in the world of business
There are numerous companies out there endeavoring to make their buildings as modern and environmentally friendly as possible. Indeed, they are often the best sources of inspiration for anyone thinking about modernizing their home. M1 Group, which was founded by brothers Taha Mikati and Najib Mikati over 40 years ago, is one such group; each of the group’s buildings uses the very latest sustainable and technologically advanced systems to generate power much more efficiently. This reduces the company’s costs and helps to save the environment, and fittings that use less water or produce heat more efficiently can actually create a workplace that is run much more competently and successfully. M1 Group’s philosophy of pursuing long-term, stable growth, is just as applicable to the ways in which its buildings are designed as it is its business methodology.
When it comes to modernizing your home with eco-friendly gadgets and features, there are no hard and fast rules; you need to be comfortable with the changes you’re making and confident in the money you’re investing. Looking to the example of successful businesses can be a great step in the right direction.