Home of the Future
Southern Ontario Eco Home (BY:SYLVIA WROBEL)
When planting trees and plants around your home, it is important to consider the climate and amount of precipitation around your home. This is why it is important to chose plants that are native to the area and plants that are eco friendly.
This home is located in Southern Ontario. It is located in a Deciduous forest biome/Boreal forest biome.
A few native trees around the home include:
-Black Maple Tree
-White Birch Tree
-Red Pine Tree
Native Flowers include:
-Square stemmed Monkey Flower
It is also important to have drought-tolerant plants that won't need much water to grow. These plants are very eco friendly. The garden will include drought resistant grass as well as other plants.
-Honey locust (shade tree that can withstand drier summers and a wide range of soil conditions).
Vegetable/ Fruit Garden
Examples of Fruits/Vegetables to grow:
Also be sure to have a few drought resistant Vegetables :
Bicycles are excellent modes of transportation for near destinations. They provide great health benefits from the excercise, and benefits for the planet (no pollution).
As my backup mode of transportation I choose Public Transit. This has the same benefits for the environment as carpooling and is helpful for short distances.
Recycling is important to be eco friendly. Always remember the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Benefits of Recycling
- -Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
- -Conserves natural resources such as wood, water, and other minerals.
- -Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
- -Saves energy
- -Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
Composting helps reduce waste as well as control it in homes. It also help improve soil structure, increases nutrient content, uses less water when added to plants because fertile soil has better water retention.
Sponsoring an Endangered Species
Toxic Chemicals around the House
Laundry Detergent contains Sodium Carbonate (Na₂CO₃). It's made up of 2 sodium atoms, 1 carbon atom and 3 oxygen atoms.
Sodium is found in the first group of the periodic table (alkali metals) and the third period. It is classified as a metal because it's highly reactive, shiny/silvery.
Solar Power is converting sunlight into electricity using Solar Panels. Overall, solar energy is cheaper to produce than to use fossil fuels or other non renewable sources. Solar Energy is sustainable and reliable.
The second type of energy I will use to power my house is Hydro-Electric Energy. This power comes from the energy given off from falling water. This source of energy is very sustainable and inexpensive.
Making the Home Energy Efficient
We must also be sure to include double glazed windows to cut energy costs, insulate sound, and reduce the amount of heat that enters the house.
The home will follow LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). These standards will help reduce costs of upkeep of the home, and use resources responsibly and efficiently.
In my home I will include energy efficient toilets, washing machines, shower heads, stoves, microwaves, fridges, faucets and freezers. Energy Star appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard appliances. They save energy, save money, and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants.
Benefits of Energy Star Appliances:
- Lower utility bills
- Improved quality
- Enhanced Performance (decreased operating noise)
Light bulbs are also very important. In my home, all the light bulbs will be LED (Light Emitting Diodes). These light bulbs reduce wasted energy because they don't give off heat energy. They also last longer than incandescent light bulbs, which makes the cost cheaper over time, and are more durable, so they won't break as easily if dropped.
In the 1970s, NASA and Honeywell Corp. Partnered. They created a device that would detect smoke and toxic gases in America's First Space Station (SkyLab).
This led to the introduction of inexpensive photoelectric detection devices in 1979, which go off when smoke blocks the light beam. Smoke detectors have been developed due to space exploration and have since then saved countless lives on Earth.
Solar technologies generate most of the power used during space missions. Solar power is so important that NASA spends a lot time and money to make solar panels much more efficient, lightweight and affordable. NASA has an entire division, called the Photovoltaic & Space Environments Branch, dedicated to solar power challenges.
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