My Home Design of the Future

My Future House

I would create a "green" environment around my home by planting more trees (maple, oak, birch, pine, fir and/or spruce) and more flowers such as the Larger Blue Flag Iris, Woodland Sunflower, and the Michigan Lily. These plants are native to Ontario which is where my home is located. A lot of wildflowers can be found around my home because it is located in the Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome.

I would farm asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. Asparagus is a native vegetable and I generally like the rest of the vegetables. The pesticide I would use is Bt (a protein obtained from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis) because it is safer than most pesticides and is only toxic to caterpillars, beetle larvae, and fly larvae. The pesticide you should avoid using is DDT because it is not natural (synthetic) and is toxic to many insects.

The transportation I would use is public transit. This includes buses and trains. It is more eco-friendly compared to a car because it uses the same amount of gas (buses use diesel) but buses carry a bigger load which makes them more efficient. Trains also carry a large amount of people an can go far distances.

The waste management systems I would use is recycling and compost.

I would sponsor the Polar Bear at the Toronto Zoo because it is endangered due to global warming. Polar bears are also my favourite animal.

Untamed Americas - Polar Bear Survival

Three chemicals found in my home are bleach, air fresheners, and non-stick hardware.

Chlorine dioxide is found in bleach. The elements that make up chlorine dioxide is made up of Chlorine and Oxygen Gas.

Chlorine is a part of the Halogen chemical family.

This element is a non-metal.

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The electrical energy source I would use for my home would be wind generation. The costs for this generation are significantly cheap and produces no air or water pollution. There is a lake near my home so I can build wind turbines offshore. It is sustainable because it relies on wind and wind is free.

Solar Panels, Storm Windows, a Greenhouse, a Sun Roof, a Sun Stove and using a clothesline instead of a washing machine are all examples of physical structures that can make a house more energy efficient. Solar Panels produce their own energy (when the sun is present), Storm Windows last longer than ordinary windows and are hard enough to sustain themselves in storms, Greenhouses allow you to farm plants all year round, a Sun Roof uses sunlight to light a room instead of light bulbs, a Sun Stove cooks your food like a regular stove but uses sun light instead of electricity, and a clothesline also uses the sun's energy to dry your clothes.

I would want a refrigerator, telephone, radio, television, computer, boiler and an air conditioner in my home. I chose these appliances because I think they are all essential to living in my house. Most of these products have the Energy Star label.

I would use LED light bulbs in my home because they are very energy efficient.

Three types of technology that have been developed or researched due to space exploration that I would use in my home are cordless tools, the failsafe flashlight, and the smoke detector. Cordless tools were invented to help astronauts drill for moon samples. The failsafe flashlight was invented by NASA to use. The failsafe flashlight works like a normal flashlight but has a backup system that has its own (lithium) battery. The smoke detector was invented to detect any toxic vapours. I would definately use these appliances because they are useful and cool because they were invented for astronaut use.

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My future home