With increasing energy demands, mother earth is having to pay the price and the result is what we have now come to know as global warming. As much as there is a lot of hope for the government and the industrial fraternity to take up the mantle and do the right thing, the truth is, in the fight to save the planet and our home, everyone has something they can do to make the world a better place to live. If you’re a potential homeowner, one of the ways that you can contribute to the restoration of paradise is by building an energy efficient home. These simple tips and ideas should go a long away in helping you do exactly that.
Building an energy efficient home starts with choosing the right location for your home. When selecting a location, you have to make sure to avoid environmentally sensitive sites. Areas that are prone to earthquakes, floods or hurricane, require more resources and take a bigger toll on the environment. Also, when building, avoid building the home facing the west. This reduces exposure to the sun and keeps your home cooler hence less energy is required for cooling during the warm months. It might also be a good idea to make sure that the location is close enough to amenities like a grocery shop. You save on fuel if you can walk or take the bus.
Smaller is better
As much as most people want to build the biggest home that they can afford, having tons of space that you will never use only means that you will spend more on heating and cooling areas that are irrelevant. Instead, you should try to embrace eco-friendly designs that maximize on the amount of space keeping heating costs minimal and manageable. Opt for home design that embraces the minimalist designs and ones that advocate for an economic approach. If space is not liveable, then you might not need it.
Install energy efficient equipment
After your home is all done, when buying the appliances, you need to choose the types of appliances very carefully. Opt for those that have an ENERGY STAR label on them. These means that those appliances will consume less energy and have systems in place to ensure that they are not wasteful. Not only does that mean lower bills for you, but it also means a lower strain on the grid and also on the environment.
When building, you have to put emphasis on the need to insulate properly and comprehensively. There are a couple of reasons why this might be a good idea. First, it means there is less cold that gets into the home, and also less heat is lost to the surrounding. Ultimately, you will need fewer resources in heating. And, considering that heating and cooling top the list of energy demands, this could go a long way in making your home more energy efficient.
Having an energy efficient home does not only stop with building and buying appliances but also in how you live. You might want to implement energy efficient and greener practices like the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) and also ensuring that you switch of light bulbs that are not in use. Alternatively, you can also go the solar power way. Even though this might be costly at first, in the long run, it proves to be very economical in the long run.