This Absolutely Awesome Turtle Roof Wood Cottage Mimics Dunes and Heats with Bio-fuel

This beautiful turtle roof wood cottage was designed to mimic the sand dunes that surround it. Known as the Dune House, the tiny house was designed by Marc Koehler Architects. The tiny house design is a unique, split-level, loft-like home located in the northern Dutch Islands. The wood slat exterior fits right into its landscape and looks as though it is reaching for the sky in its barren and enchanting landscape. The center of the tiny house design is the fireplace and the unique stairwell that connects all of the levels in the home. In this tiny house design, you will find the bedrooms submerged beneath the ground level. The living, dining and upper loft areas in the tiny house design are open and full of natural sunlight. Each level in the design has its views each being quite a bit different from the other. The upper levels of the house have vista views out over the ocean while the bedroom windows are at eye level with the beautiful and exotic grasses and faunas. This tiny house design is almost entirely built from sustainable materials and heated with biofuel. The C02 footprint for this tiny house design is minimal. This tiny house design is an excellent example of how a house can look like part of the landscape and vice versa.

Biofuels are fuels that are produced directly or indirectly from organic materials such as plant materials and animal waste. Traditional, unprocessed biomass such as charcoal, fuelwood, and animal dung account for most of this type of fuel and represents the main source of energy for a large number of people in developing countries who use the fuel mostly cooking and heating. Biofuels can also be derived from agricultural, forestry, or fishery products or municipal wastes, along with the agro-industry, food industry and food service by-products and wastes. Primary sources of biofuels include fuelwood, pellets and wood chips. Secondary biofuels come from the processing of biomass and include liquid biofuels to include biodiesel and ethanol which can be used to run vehicles and industrial processes.

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gasses that are produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, and are usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide or CO2. There are many things you can do around the home to reduce your carbon footprint. Some of the tips for reducing your carbon footprint in your home include insulating and sealing your home. Reduce drafts and air leaks in the home with caulking, insulation, and weather stripping. In the U.S. several states offer programs and incentives to facilitate this, with a great example being Energy Upgrade California. You can also choose appliances that are more energy-efficient from furnaces, dishwashers, refrigerators and air conditioning units. Products that have the ENERGY STAR label are recognized for having superior energy efficiency. To reduce your carbon footprint make sure to always turn lights off when you are not using them and whenever you leave a room. Be sure to replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights or LED lights. Think about installing a programmable thermostat that turns off the heat and the air conditioning when you are not home. You might consider installing solar panels to the roof of your home to save on electricity bills.

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