Sustainable living starts with the sun.
Before we had skylights installed, our den and home office were sad rooms because they were on our home's north side, which doesn't get much light. Now, both rooms explode in light especially when the sun is to the west and at an angle allowing it to just burst through the skylights. It's just cheery.
VELUX, the world leader in skylights, puts to excellent use our most abundant natural resource – light from above – by developing environmentally friendly products that provide and control daylight and fresh air in buildings. High-quality, energy-efficient skylights are an important part of a more environmentally friendly building, and the many benefits of natural light can have a dramatic impact on the value, appeal and comfort of any home.
And why is it important to build environmentally friendly homes?
According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC.org), a green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources than a traditional home. It also creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside. Unfortunately, many families don’t have the opportunity to build a more energy-efficient house from the ground up, but that doesn’t mean a greener home is out of reach. Whatever your budget, there are many cost-effective upgrades and improvements capable of turning even the most inefficient dwelling into a greener, more comfortable place to live.
From compact fluorescent light bulbs to solar panels on the roof, the key to a greener home is controlling energy use. Clearly, there are many ways to do this, from simple changes in lifestyle to a range of energy-saving home improvement projects. Each home is different, and how much yours will benefit from a particular project depends on the age and design of your home, your financial situation and your personal priorities. It’s up to you to decide which energy improvements will provide the most benefits for you and your family.