Eco-friendly House of the Future

"Green" Home Environment

There are many things that could be done around your home to create a "green" environment. Firstly, you can plant many flowers and some trees. The house is in Mississauga, Ontario, which means it is located in the Temperate Deciduous Biome. This means that there is a great variety of plant species and life there. I would plant trees, such as deciduous trees, around the home, this is because trees give us oxygen and it is a very eco-friendly thing to do. Also, I would maybe plant a fruit tree of some kind, such as apple, because it will provide us with oxygen and fresh fruit. Some flowers I would plant are lilies, daisies, sunflowers, and hydrangeas. This is because they are high in pollen and therefore bees like it. This is because bees pollinate our plants. Another thing I would have is a garden. This garden will grow all kinds of vegetables, such as carrots, garlic, and tomatoes, and many different spices as well. This house will also have a greenhouse. This is because in the winter you will still be able to have fresh fruits and vegetables.

I would not use any pesticides or fertilizers in my gardens. They can be dangerous to your health and can affect food chains. I would however use natural fertilizer made from the compost. This means that all the food and plants will be organic.


There are many ways of eco-friendly transportation in this world. In this home, there will be bikes and an electric car. In the summer and spring, you can ride bikes, and other outdoor transportation activities (roller blading, skateboards) to where you want to go. This is very good for the environment as you are not using up resources and it does not pollute the air. Also, it is good for you. This is because it is cheaper and it is a healthier option as you are exercising at the same. Another mode of transportation is by using an electric car. Through out the winter it is pretty hard to get around on a bike and sometimes you need a car. An electric car is a very good alternative to a regular car. You are no longer using gas as your source of power, you are using electricity. This means that it won't pollute the air.Electric cars do not consume energy while at rest like other cars, and some of the energy lost when braking is captured and reused through regenerative braking.

Waste Management

In this house there will be two different waste management systems. Firstly, we will recycle. This means that you can put most plastic, paper, glass and metal cans in the blue bin. The people who pick up the garbage collect it and bring it to a place where they change/melt the items to create new things. This is good because instead of creating a bunch of new things with new material, they recycle the material so they can use it to make something else. Also, the house will have a compost system. All the scraps of food will be put in the bin. Some of it will be taken so we can make fresh fertilizer for the garden. The rest of it will be put in the green bin and be picked up by garbage man. This is good because there is not as much garbage and the garden and plants will have fresh fertilizer!

Sponsor an Endangered Species

My family will help support and take care endangered species. They will do this by adopting an animal through the local zoo. The animal we will adopt is the Amur leopard. We picked this one because it is critically endangered; only 30 individuals are thought to exist. This is because of habitat loss and poaching. The Amur leopard is important ecologically, economically and culturally. Conservation of its habitat benefits other species, including Amur tigers and prey species like deer. With our help and donation they can take care of the few that are left and keep them safe so the species does not go extinct.


Toxic Chemicals Found In Your Home

Chemicals play a major role in our everyday lives. They are part of what we eat, where we work, and how we live. However, many chemicals are very dangerous as they are hazardous, or toxic. Toxic chemicals can be found in our soil, water, air, and bodies. In fact, many toxic chemicals can be found right in your home.

One toxic chemical found in your home is the stuff in moth balls. Since moths chew holes through clothing and other fabrics, people put these stinky repellents to kill them. However studies show that paradichlorobenzene, a main ingredient in some repellents can cause cancer in animals. Other types of moth balls use another ingredient, naphthalene, which after prolonged exposure can damage/destroy red blood cells, and can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Bleach is also another toxic chemical found in your home. Chlorine and sodium hypochlorite are commonly used as bleaches. It’s highly corrosive to the skin, lungs and eyes, and can actually cause chemical burns and ulcerations. It increases asthma and allergy symptoms when it is inhaled. Pets and birds are more vulnerable because of their small air capacity.

Lastly, a toxic chemical found in your home is Sodium Hydroxide. It is found in oven cleaners and drain openers and can be extremely corrosive. If it touches your skin or gets in your eyes, it can cause severe burns. Inhaling it can cause a sore throat that lasts for days.

Sodium Hydroxide is made of: Sodium (Na), Oxygen (O), and Hydrogen (H). The chemical formula is NaOH.


Sodium is located in Group 1: The Alkali Metals. This means it is very reactive. It is silver in colour and is a soft metal with low density.

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Energy Sources

For the home, there we will be several different energy sources. Firstly, the house will have solar panels. This means that the solar panels will take the light energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. Solar panels helps slow global warming, can save you money in the long run, are fairly reliable and provides energy security. This means that no can go buy the sun or make people start paying for sun light, it will always be there. However sometimes the sun can be covered by clouds, which causes the solar panels to be un able to get the energy for the home. Also, there will be wind mills. This meant that the windmills take the wind energy and they turn it into electricity. Wind power is good because it is better for the environment, and it is a renewable resource. However, it might not always be windy so the windmill cannot collect the wind power. These two energy sources are very good eco-friendly alternatives, they just might not be available to you 24/7. However, if they took all the energy and stored it away for the days it is not windy or sunny, they can always have power.

Physical Structures That Make the House energy efficient

There are many things that go in to making a house energy efficient. One of those things are the physical structures of the house. The house needs to have good insulation. Without good insulation your house will always be to hot or to cool. None of the air will be protected and will not stay in one room, it will just escape. This is the same with windows and doors. Proper widows and doors will keep the air from escaping, Having these things will also save you energy because it wouldn't need to constantly replace the heat that escapes. Lastly, it is important to have a good roof. You need a strong roof for your home that will protect the house from leaks. It is also very important to make sure you have a lightning rod. This is so if there is a storm and lightning strikes, it will strike that rod and travel down the wire into the ground, instead of through the house. Therefore it keep the house and the people in it protected and safe.

Energy Efficient Appliances

We have many appliances in our homes. We use them often so they can use up a lot of energy, which may be harmful to the environment. There are many energy efficient alternatives available to us.

Eco- friendly appliances, such as Energy Star appliances, can reduce the energy and water consumption, the environmental impact of your household, and can save you money. In the home there will be many energy star appliances.

Light Bulbs

Though out the entire home there will be LEDs. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are solid light bulbs which are extremely energy-efficient.I would include these in the home because they are better for the environment than regular light bulbs and have many benefits.


-no Mercury is used in the manufacturing of LEDs

-long lasting; lasts more than ten times longer than regular light bulbs

-durable; they do not damage under circumstances when a regular light bulb would break

- do not heat up

- more practical when using solar panels

-can save you money in the long run

Technology in your home

Many types of technology you have in your home have been developed due to space exploration. One type of technology that has been developed because of space exploration is memory foam. It was developed for NASA as a padding concept to improve crash protection aircrafts. Now, we can find it in many things such as mattresses, pillows, and sport safety equipment. Another piece of technology is an ear thermometer. They use infrared sensors to measure the amount of heat given off by the ear drum. Lastly, a smoke detector. The alarms have different sensitivity levels to prevent false alarms. They were originally developed for use on the Skylab space station.
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