How to Power (and Maintain) your Eco-Palace
Electricity is being consumed at an ever-growing rate but almost every home in the world where it is available. A home full of gadgets and devices require a steady stream of power. The world’s power is still fuelled mostly by fossil fuels – a troubling 40% of it.
We have a duty to try and reduce the impact we have through using our equipment (some of which is entirely necessary), getting rid of waste and other modern eco-friendly household solutions. Here are some ways in which can do just that.
Keep the Energy Flowing
There are some methods of powering your green home that have been around for quite some time, but which have only been utilised by a relatively small number of us.
Of the 125 million homes in the US, it is thought that around one million of those generate some or all of their power via solar panels. These can convert up to 40% of the suns energy into electricity, with their efficiency only set to improve.
Wind turbines are also quite effective at generating power (though not as efficient as solar panels), but if you are building next to a water source you can also harvest the power of a river or stream. The advantage of this method is that it is continuous and largely stable in terms of its supply.
Through our research, we found one of the best (and very widely used) materials for insulation to be sheep’s wool. Crucially, if you are building your home in a country or area with high rainfall or humidity, this material can absorb and quickly redistribute around 35% of its own body weight in moisture before its insulation performance is affected.
There is a reason why sheep have been able to survive harsh environments for so long, and it isn’t because they are given umbrellas and rain. Unlike fibreglass, wool also doesn’t scratch your arms when you’re laying it in your attic!
Another way to keep your home sustainable is by changing the way in which you get rid of your household waste. It could be something as simple as having a compost heap in the garden to reduce the amount of food waste you generate. You’d be surprised just how much gets thrown away (mainly inedible parts such as bones, egg shells and fruit rinds).
Many local authorities have particularly good recycling schemes and will often provide bags and bins free of charge, with a great deal of packaging materials now being reprocessed and reused.
Cleaning is obviously essential, but most of the standard products are full of harmful chemicals. Thankfully, now you can shop for all of the usual items while maintaining your eco-goals.
Anything from fabric conditioner to toilet cleaner now have environmentally friendly alternatives which contain ingredients like ethanol and lavender oil to help you achieve the usual results when doing the laundry or scrubbing the bowel. You don’t have to sacrifice freshness when protecting the planet!
– Carl, Connie & Wolly