The Need For More Eco-Friendly Flats In Mumbai

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The Need For More Eco-Friendly Flats In Mumbai Photo by Umov  Mehta

For many years, the term eco-friendly existed only in geography books. However, the changing climate and the increasing rate of pollution has forced many at present, to embrace eco-friendly products and services, for the benefit of the human race. Though environment friendly homes have become a necessity today, only some homes offer a green environment that deals with pollution and related issues. Affected by increasing pollution, deforestation, commercialization and other environmental hindrances, green homes have become an ideal choice for metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Almost all new flats in Mumbai that fall under the recent developmental projects, follow the guidelines enforced by the government to tackle water wastage and the energy crisis. Though many of us are aware of the benefits that an eco-friendly environment offers, they hesitate to implement the techniques that will make their homes and surroundings green.

Eco-friendly homes are not a new phenomenon. Though they existed since ancient times, people acknowledged the need for green homes, only after the oil price hike in the early 1970's. Eco-friendly homes are basically environment friendly homes, that reduce wastage and fully optimize available natural resources, without affecting the environment. These types of residential apartments are built with eco-friendly elements like compressed earth or recyclable products. They bear an aesthetic design that distinguishes them from the regular bricked residential houses. With value-added amenities, the green residential property in Mumbai features strategic placements and designs for doors, windows and roofs, which allow them to harvest rainwater, make optimum use of the skylight and offer fool-proof sewage systems.

Green residential flats in Mumbai are constructed without damaging the top most layer of the soil, which is extremely rich and organic. The roofs are light in color and are made of materials that reflect sunlight, and keep the temperature inside homes cool. This means more energy savings and less wastage. However, before you get into the mission of modifying your home to make it more eco-friendly, you need to have clear knowledge about it. The first thing you need to do is observe your home and check for water leakage, energy wastage or other environmental issues like carbon footprint and ecological footprint. Once you are done calculating the demand, supply and wastage of resources, you can easily implement solutions that will make your home cleaner, and your environment greener.

Property rates in Mumbai are surely increasing with time; and investing in a readily available green home may not be affordable to everyone. However, the financial capacity of an individual shouldn't stop them from enjoying the benefits of a green home. Though the initial investment may be high, the benefits that one reaps from its implementation will earn them huge profits in a long term, on their water and energy bills. Initially, you can start off by using energy efficient appliances in your homes. Replacing ordinary bulbs with LED lamps helps in reducing energy bills by 25 percent. And having some green indoor plants keeps the air fresh and cool. So, start small and modify your decor with time.

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Umov Mehta is a real estate expert at a big website, that deals with property in India. His articles provide guidance for new home buyers and dealers.

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