Taking care of the environment has become a major theme that touches a large aspect of our lives. Understanding what a carbon footprint is and how it can be reduced is now a concern for many people. Individuals who want to protect the environment can buy fuel efficient, or hybrid vehicles, ride bicycles to work, or purchase energy efficient appliances. The type of home they live in can help the planet as well.
A green home is one that uses more natural or recycled materials. It also uses alternative sources of energy, and some are even off the grid. Not only are these homes better for Mother Nature, they save homeowners money while staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The homes listed in this feature all represent the theme of good for people and the environment to one extent or another.
What exactly is an Earthship? It is a home that is created to be efficient, environmentally friendly, and self-sustaining. This means that once you step foot in an Earthship, you don’t have to leave. An Earthship is created from recycled materials, such as glass, plastic, aluminum, scrap metal, rubber tires and reclaimed wood. Natural materials, such as earth, are also used to create an environmentally friendl... more
The Earthship for sale in Phoenix, Arizona has some new features not seen in previous designs. This three bedroom, two bathroom home sits on two acres of land. It has a Power Organizing Module to distribute power stored in a battery generated by solar panels, and windmills can be used as well. Automobile tires are packed with earth and used as insulation for interior and exterior walls. More earth surrounds these ti... more
This home in Ferndale, NY, uses all natural and reclaimed materials to create a toxic free home that is good for people as well as the environment. It is a two bedroom home that could be converted to a three bedroom if the owner wants. It has a dry toilet that doesn’t need water, but is well ventilated to reduce odor. It has radiant floor heating, natural cooling, passive solar heat, and natural light to reduce... more
This Tuscan style home in Woodbury CT, combines new world energy efficient technology with old world country charm. This five bedroom three and a half bathroom home is created in the style of the Old Italian villa. It uses natural materials, to help keep the home temperate year round. It is made of straw bales, which are used not only as an efficient insulator, but also helps reduce noise pollution. It has geotherm... more
The original owners of this Austin Texas home wanted a place that was good for the body and soul as well as environmentally friendly. They also wanted a home that was safe for their children and void of the chemicals and other dangerous elements found in many modern homes. Built by Casa Verde Homes owners Laverne Williams, Architect and Taylor King, Builder, this four bedroom, two bathroom home built on four acres is... more
The concrete interior and exterior walls are a great insulator from the Texas heat, while keeping the home warm in the coldest winter months. The result is an interior temperature that doesn’t go above 78 degrees and a utility bill that is so low it is almost nonexistent. With the recent drought Texas experienced, many residents worry about wells and water systems. This home uses a rainwater collection system ... more