Green living is about more than the sustainable living that you can do within your home. It’s also about how your home impacts the environment that you’re living in. If you want to get away from the cities and enjoy a gorgeous view of the sea with prime access to some top relaxation spots, then moving out to the coast might be just the thing for you. However, given how much litter and other environmental damage these locations can see due to human encroachment, what can you do to make sure you’re fitting into your environment in the most eco-friendly way?
Be extra mindful when you visit the beach
Since it’s going to be right on your doorstep, then it’s no surprise that you might want to head on down to the beach more often. However, there are plenty of beach travel tips to make sure your visits don’t leave too much of an impact behind. For one, as close as you are to your home, it’s going to be very easy to bring some sort of portable storage option to temporarily hold any waste even if your beach doesn’t have any trash receptacles to help avoid littering. Another good idea can be to make sure that you’re using organic sunscreens that can be just as effective but without polluting the sands and seas with chemicals found in other types.
Make insulation a big focus
For old homes and new ones, there is a lot that can be done to improve their energy efficiency. One of those is making sure that it’s easier to maintain the climate within the home itself. If you’re choosing a beach home at a location with great weather, keeping the home cool can be more of a hassle than you might imagine, especially at the peak of summer. However, you don’t need to rely on the AC all day. Embrace glazed doors and windows that allow you to enjoy that view that with low heat emission levels in the home
Choose homes that fit the environment
Whether you’re looking at building or buying a home at the beach, you can reduce your own consumption of environmentally harmful homes by looking at the design of said homes. It’s not difficult to find homes that take green initiatives to heart, these days, especially in luxury real estate, but what does that mean? You should make sure that designs don’t overly affect local flora and fauna by, for instance, preserving natural greenery rather than clearing too much space for lawns and non-green landscaping. You can also look at the materials used in the construction of any home to make sure that they are both eco-friendly while improving the insulation of the property.
Let the light in
Another of the benefits of seaside living is that there are typically fewer properties to get in the way of your view. However, this also means that the home gets more natural light throughout the day. By maximizing this natural light, you can make sure that you don’t need to turn your own lights on quite as much. Aside from using light window treatments such as blinds that you can adjust freely to control light levels and privacy in the home, you might also want to consider installing skylights that allow more light to come through the top throughout the day. This way, you will have much less of a need for electric lighting throughout the day.
Make use of all that sun
One of the biggest reasons to move to the beach is to take advantage of some gorgeous weather. Not every beach is going to be bathed in sun at every point of the year, but if you’re choosing a sunny spot, then you should make sure that you’re making the best of the renewable energy on hand. Many of the sunnier beachside properties are able to meet more than 100% of their home energy needs through the installation of home solar panels. That can be a massive decrease in your carbon footprint. What’s more, the visibility of solar panels also acts as an endorsement of the eco-friendly values that you hold, which can help them spread.
The wind can be a good choice, too
Depending on where you live, the coast can be a great place to install some solar panels. However, coasts are without fail going to see a decent amount of wind. Installing a wind turbine at home can also be a major contribution to the energy effectiveness of your home. However, there is quite a bit of work that goes into installing a turbine. You need to have an evaluation performed on the property to help you find how much wind power you can generate, as well as optimal installation locations, as well as choosing the right turbine and installer to meet your needs. You might also need to do some extra legwork to get the permits to install them and some local regulations may even prevent you from doing so. So, do your homework before you do too much spending.
Pitch in and help
If you’re living by the beach then you are more likely to see, on regular basis, the kind of mess that can be left by tourists as well as the pollution that washes up in the water, with plastic being the biggest culprit of all. The devastation to the environment and the wildlife living within it can be hard to stomach. But you don’t have to sit and watch. You can consider lending some of your free time to local nonprofits that deal with it. Take a look at local organizations, whether you think you’re able to help out with the local wildlife rescue efforts or you could simply help improve the environment by joining crews that go out to de-clutter and de-pollute the beach.
With the tips above, you can ensure you’re living not just a good green life, but adapting well to your environment, making beach living an absolute treat.
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