Building an Energy Efficient Home January 14 2014, 0 Comments
As the world's energy resources continue to dwindle and the dangers of their use become more apparent (think climate change), the demand for more energy efficiency grows; our homes are no exception to this.
People are willing to do what it takes to lower their home energy bills and lessen their environmental impact. Certainly, one of the best ways to ensure that this happens is to build energy efficient homes. This is not as simple as slapping solar panels on the roof and installing energy efficient fixtures. While these are very useful to that end, the entire home should contribute to the goal of enhanced efficiency. In this post we will take a look at what should be done when building an energy efficient home.
Don't forget about insulation
Insulation (when it is good) is one of the largest contributors to the efficiency of a home when it comes to energy. Insulation reduces the amount of thermal transfers (hot and cold energy literally seeping through the walls) that occur in the building during extreme weather, thereby reducing the amount of effort that the home's heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) system has to put forth in order to maintain the desired atmosphere.
Since the HVAC system is often the largest single contributor to a home's energy use, an efficient HVAC system is a huge boon for increasing the home's energy efficiency.
Ideally, installing insulation would happen during the construction of the home, as this ensures the comprehensiveness of the installation and reduces its costs. Installation can happen after the home is built, but may prove to be more costly and more difficult to do.
Take advantage of green energy
As we mentioned earlier, installing solar panels is a great way to increase the energy efficiency of a home. This, along with other green energy options (wind, geothermal, etc.) should be taken into consideration when you are planning on building energy efficient home.
Make sure that the home's architecture is airtight
Air leaks from the outside can serve to confuse an HVAC system and make it overwork itself. When this happens, the HVAC system ends up making the home much hotter or colder than its occupants had intended and also increases your bills!
With an airtight architecture, the number of air leaks occurring in that home is reduced to virtually nil.
Incorporate energy efficient landscaping techniques
The land on which a home sits can also contribute to its energy efficiency. Fixtures such as trees will serve to block out the boiling hot rays of the summer sun and mitigate the harsh chill of the frozen winter winds.
Designing and building a home with energy efficient landscaping in mind allows you to maximize its positive impact when it is implemented.
Use eco-friendly building materials
One of the biggest drains on the world's resources is the physical extraction of them. Although the homeowner won't see the difference on his or her energy bill, using eco-friendly resources to build the home will serve to mitigate the negative effects of resource extraction and lower our global energy costs.
The same recycled steel and reclaimed wood that some custom furniture design companies use to build their products can be used to construct a new energy efficient home.
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To learn more about building an energy efficient home, as well as other energy efficiency tips, contact Charley & Co. Starley Moore is a high quality custom furniture designer who contributes to energy efficiency by producing all of their works with reclaimed materials.