Millennials and Eco-Friendly Housing
The current generation of homeowners and tenants have fresh ideas on what homes should offer, and they are striving towards sustainability. Features that once sold homes are being shunned in favour of eco-friendly ideas.
At ReGen we are striving for a better environment too, so this week we poked our head into the topic of sustainable housing.
The foundations of change.
Increasingly, young shoppers have noted in recent years how sourcing, sustainability and fair trade will affect their spending habits. Thus, the shift towards environmentally friendly housing has an air of inevitability about it; it's part of a wider trend. It's hardly surprising that conscious shoppers would soon turn their attention to their homes.
Like many trends, celebrity endorsements have helped gain traction for the movement, Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio are both known for eco-friendly homes. And the new demand has been met by developers, who are beginning to build properties with environmental considerations ingrained.
What makes an eco-home?
Eco-homes primarily aim to leave less of a mark in their environment. How they are powered, what materials are used to build them and even the aesthetic should integrate rather than dominate. An eco-home should be able to use natures elements to its advantage; think solar powered, rainwater harvesting and even wind turbines where practical.
Alongside improved, natural insulation these homes demand less heat generated, and so energy requirements plummet. The homes' lighting requirements are similar with natural light being invited as much as possible to avoid the need to subsidise it with electric during the day.
What is different about life in an eco-home?
Well, one of the significant differences in the long term and a catalyst for their success is lower bills. With heating bills, electric bills and in some cases electric being generated, these homes can become not only cost-effective but profitable. For most of us, selling electric back to the grid remains a pipe dream.
The homes also encourage changes in how you live, often with spaces to grow veg or better process waste. The reduced volume of waste means you are not adding to other eco-problems like landfill and overusing of plastic and glass. On the whole, using less means less waste and less emissions.
Same environment, same goal.
At ReGen, we are delighted to see the principles which we champion finding their way into a new market. We understand that while the market may be in its infancy, it is taking steps in the right direction. When we began, we could not have envisaged some of the advancements which allow us to eliminate Mixed Dry Waste heading to landfill or own a fleet of low emission vehicles.
We also know that the more industries that become environmentally aware, the better it is for the environment as a whole. If you are interested in knowing more about green energy, recycling or the changes we anticipate, follow us on Twitter now.