Home Design of the Future
Living in Miami
To create a "green" environment I would do many different things, including having a green area in the back and front yard. In my yard I would plant many different plants. I would also plant native plants that are perennial. My house would located in a subtropical biome because I would be living in Florida.
The plants I would plant include:
- Leather Fern
- Swamp Sunflower
Blue porterweed is a low growing perennial which blooms year round. Although the flowers on blue porterweed are small and each flower only opens for one day, it attracts a large number of butterflies.
A leather fern is also an excellent plant to grow because of its fine foliage, easy availability in all seasons, and long-living lush look in a vase, particularly in the shady areas of your landscape.
This perennial sunflower has smaller flowers but blooms for a longer period of time. Golden-yellow blooms that covers this plant in late summer into fall.
Garden of my Own
Due to the warm conditions in Florida, a variety of fruits and vegetables have the ability to grow in my garden. I would take advantage of the warm weather and grow my own garden, also,m Florida is a large producer of fruits and vegetables. Florida has a subtropical climate where the temperature almost never fall below freezing. I would not use any chemicals in my garden because I don't want to alter the fruits and vegetables. My garden is going to consist of only "natural" and "organic" foods. I would plant lots of fruits and vegetables including:
- Blueberries: April- June
- Cantaloupes: March- July
- Valencia oranges: March- January
- Celery: November- June
- Cucumber: October- June
- Broccoli: October- May
A source of transpiration I would use is a Nissan Leaf. A Nissan Leaf is environmentally friendly and an affordable car. It operates using a 24kW lithium- ion battery. Not to mention, it is an all electric car that produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions when of operation. It also contributes to reduce dependence on petroleum.
Adopt A Pet
Hazards in Everyday Products
Harmful chemicals that may found in my house consist of floor and furniture polish, paint, and a variety of different cleaning products for glass, wood, ovens and more. All of these chemicals can contain ammonia, sulfuric and phosphoric acids, lye, chlorine, formaldehyde, and phenol. Floor and furniture polish can be observed through the skin and cause skin & eye irritant. An alternative for this product is polish with food grade mineral oil such as olive oil, almond or walnut oil. When paint is applied to walls and inhaled it can trigger nausea, eye and nose irritation. Paint fumes can cause long- term effects of liver damage, kidney damage and cancer. Cleaning products can cause kidney and liver damage, the burning of the vapors can burn lungs and can possibly burn skin and eyes if using too much. An alternative for this is using Arm & Hammer Washing Soda with vinegar.
Elements Found in Cleaning Products
Elements that make up cleaning products are Sodium Hydroxide NaOCI (bleach). Bleach is a non- metal and is made up of elements from group 1, group 16 and group 17.
Where on the Periodic Table?
- Sodium- Metal
- Chlorine - Non- metal
- Oxygen - Non- metal
The Characteristics of Electricity
Physical Structure of my House
In my future house, I will have all energy efficient appliances. Using energy efficient appliances have many benefits such as it saves you money, improves the economy, its good for the environment and enhances the quality of life. I would choose these appliances in my future home:
- Stove/ Oven
The Study of the Universe
If I had a telescope in my house I would observe many planets. Planets I would observe are Neptune and Uranus. I would study Neptune because the atmosphere is made of hydrogen and helium with some methane. Neptune also has 14 moons and has a very active climate which is very interesting. I would study Uranus because it hits the coldest temperatures of any plant and makes one trip around the Sun every 84 Earth years. It also has two sets of rings very thin set of dark coloured rings. I think these two planets are very interesting and would love to observe them!