One family had this genius idea to heat their home.
Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto who live in Stockholm, where temperatures often drop to minus figures in the winter used the heat preserving properties of a greenhouse to keep their house warm.
An entire greenhouse was built around an old summer house to create the unique home.
Bengt Warne was the architect behind the project which has been dubbed Naturhus. The whole house was encased in a structure made from 4mm glass, designed to protect the house from the harsh Swedish winters.
“At the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto.
Heating a large home to such a comfortable temperature in the depths of winter can be very expensive, but the Naturhus employs only the natural insulation of the greenhouse effect.
The Naturhus not only provides heat for the house, it also provides an outdoor space, in the void between the house and the glass encasing, to grow fruit and vegetables just outside your house, all year round.
The Naturhus is fairly small compared to homes in the U.S, at just around 150 square meters, but the benefits it has compared to other homes are apparent.
These eco-friendly styled homes that have a goal of minimizing energy bills are becoming increasingly popular.
As energy prices rise and many people feel trapped by the huge amounts they have to pay out each month just to stay warm, people are looking elsewhere for a different solution.
Homes are increasingly fitted with energy-saving devices such as solar panels, wind turbines, plus many other ingenious ideas to help keep costs and damage to the environment to an absolute minimum.
Would you be able to give up some of you home space for a house that is totally self sufficient when it comes to heating? We think the idea is a no brainer.
Source – faircompanies.com