The real luxury of a home is measured by a level of control that you have and the extent of freedom you possess. Implementation of smart home technology provides you with that control by allowing you to manage and monitor systems both inside and outside the house.
High ceilings and the presence of infinity pool, firepit, backyards, and patios give you the desirable freedom, crowned with a breath-taking view. But there can never be a complete control nor freedom without the perfect usability. The one thing people are frequently reluctant to add to the mix are the eco-friendly features.
The biggest misconception of today’s household owners is their stubborn persuasion that ‛earth-conscious’ is just another word for ‛doing without’.
But as the whole world becomes more conscious about the environment the companies that produced ceramics, glass, electronics, and chemicals are all turning to the green design.
Sustainability has always been in a very core of nature, and no artificial thing can surpass its beauty. So let’s take a look at how going green can take you to the luxury you’re dreaming of.
1. The First Creation
As we all know from the Old Testament, God created Adam from clay. So the material for the first creation was taken directly from the earth.
When Adam decided to ‛upgrade’ his look with some clothes, he was immediately banished from paradise. The same thing happened with international shipping – we have renounced the locally sourced materials and condemned ourselves to the futile search for the ultimate luxury.
Before that, it was common to construct houses from wood, clay, stone, or thatch, using the resources that were abundant in the particular region. There’s no question that the indoor climate and overall quality of living were better back than. Since carbon footprint is certainly not the element of luxury, we need to go back to the advantages of clay.
2. And There Was Light
Humans have a very peculiar tendency to create things that are already there. Light is probably the biggest proof for that. We don’t mean to lower the significance of Tesla’s discoveries, but to point out the mistreatment of his efforts.
In the early days, people have tried to bring light into their homes inside buckets. When they’ve overcome the puzzlement of this method not working, they simply made holes in the walls that will later become windows. Today we simply extend our hands to the nearest switch.
We are not saying you should grab the nearest bucket, but there is another way to use the inexhaustible energy of the sun – solar panels. They are inexpensive, and they’re light enough to put them on the rooftop where they will surely store enough power for future use and completely prevent the waste of energy. On top of that, they can be far more beautiful than most of the other useless home decorations out there and provide you with the right amount of glamour.
Of course, we can understand that not everyone has the means to use solar panels. If you’re surrounded by much taller buildings there’s a pretty big chance that natural light won’t be enough. Don’t worry, we’re not gonna suggest candles or gas lamps.
We already hinted at the mistreatment of Tesla’s ideas, and now is the time to elaborate on what we meant by it – the ignorance of their evolution. And that evolution can be clearly seen in the LED technology. If you want to prevent the carbon footprint at home with the filament bulbs of the 20th century, all you can do is to switch off the lights (and fetch a bucket). But the vast energy efficiency of LED bulbs eliminates the lurking danger of carbon footprint with the lights on.
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3. The River of Life
Maybe at first sight water has nothing to do with luxury, but not if your perspective reaches all the way to Africa. How many times have you felt guilty for letting the tap run too long or having a long relaxing bath?
Being conscious about the state of our planet can be very difficult sometimes, and it can easily shatter our feeling of luxury.
When it comes to water, the solution can come pretty easily in the form of a water tank. Besides the fact that the stored rainwater is free, its capturing also reduces the pressure on stormwater systems and reduces the need for constructing new dams.
If you’re wondering what’s in it for you, the tank can take care of the laundry and flushing toilets and the rainwater is filtered enough to use it in a pool or to wash a car. That will certainly make you feel less guilty in the bathtub, won’t it?
If you’re worried about the aesthetics of it, rest assure that modern tanks are available in many colors, some of them are even in the shape of retaining wall which enables them to truly blend their eco aspect with the overall design.
4. Health is in The Air
There is nothing more luxurious than the lungs full of fresh air. We would recommend just stepping outside, but the devastating rate of air pollution makes this insufficient. But if your backyard lacks the oxygen – let the plants produce it.
Making a vegetable garden or an orchard doesn’t just guarantee fresh air and healthy soil, but gardening is also a great source of fun and relaxation. So it is good for both – you and the planet. And the increasing popularity of organic products has turned small gardens into features of luxury estates with their almost fairytale-like aesthetics. And you can spread the green further than the backyard – applying it to the roof and walls reduces overall energy consumption, maintains humidity levels, produces natural cooling, and provides your home with immense aesthetic beauty.
Now that we’ve gone over all four elements – earth, light, water, and air – it has become quite obvious that the fifth element is not some cute girl with an orange wig, but luxury itself.
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