When you’re looking to upgrade your home to the height of luxury, eco-friendliness may not be the first thing on your mind. However, as a responsible consumer, it’s always wise and thoughtful to prioritize being eco-friendly. After all, wealthier people consume more resources, and are generally have a much larger carbon footprint.
In this post, we’ll let you know what you need to know to make your luxury home as eco-friendly as possible. In the long run, not only will it save you money to buy more luxury goods with, it’s better for the earth, so your kids have a clean and healthy planet to grow up on. Let’s begin, shall we?
Solar panels are pretty expensive, but luckily, if you’re rich, you can afford them probably. Did you know that the majority of electricity is produced by coal and natural gas power plants? Despite the way the name sounds, natural gas is dirty and causes a lot of environmental harm, in addition to pumping a ton of carbon into the atmosphere.
Instead of using that dirty and inefficient source of power, opt for solar. Having solar panels on your house is great for a number of reasons. One, it’s eco-friendly, two, you’ll have a source of power even if there’s a blackout, and three, it signifies to everyone that you care about the environment – and encourages them to do the same!
Doors and windows
You lose a lot of energy out your doors and window. In the winter, when you have the heater on, a ton of heat escaped from under your doorjamb, or out the sides of poorly sealed windows. If you’re looking to lower your heating or cooling bill, while also saving the environment from inefficient burning of resources, switching to energy efficient doors and windows is key.
Other options include using dark curtains in the summer to block out sunlight, which naturally keeps your home at a cooler temperature, as well re-insulating your attic in the winter, so heat doesn’t escape out the top of your house. This is especially important for larger houses, which can take a long time to heat up or cool down. Insulation makes it quicker.
Faucets & bathroom fixtures
Most faucets use a lot of water. Did you know that the average shower uses about 18 gallons of water for a 10-minute shower? That’s a pretty sizeable waste. Instead of using a classic wasteful faucet, switch to a luxurious low-flow showerhead.
These showerheads don’t really feel like they’re using less water, in part because they keep up high pressure through ingenious mechanical machinations. However, you’ll be saving tons of water every year, ensuring that the water supply in your area isn’t unnecessarily depleted by extra long showers!
Many people live in drought-prone areas, where local water supplies can be scares, and maintaining a lush jungle or rainforest garden is needlessly taxing on the water authority. One way to reduce your carbon footprint while still increasing your home’s value is by opting for a beautiful, serene Mediterranean or desert garden.
These options include gorgeous plants, like these:
- Lavender, which blooms and smells lovely
- Succulents, which are on-trend and slick in their minimalism
- Cacti, which are very cool and spikey
- Bunch grass, which adds a modern but wild flare to any garden
These options use much less water, but still look stunning as can be. Your neighbors will be jealous of your beautiful and eco-friendly garden!
Once your home is eco-friendly and low-carbon as can be, why not put the icing on the cake by purchasing a luxury electric vehicle? These low-carbon options are all the rage, especially in big trendy cities where charging stations are abundant. The technology is constantly improving, too, with mileage increasing as well as the time needed between recharges. It’s the way of the future – so, why not hop onboard? Your kids and grandkids will thank you for improving the world on which they live.
Making eco-friendly upgrades to your home is challenging, but by following these tips and being mindful of your choices as a luxury consumer, it’s possible to lead a fruitful and low-carbon lifestyle, while still enjoying the lap of luxury.