The growing trend of building energy-efficient homes across the globe is inspiring more people to consider energy-efficient designs and eco-friendly materials for home building and renovation.
Reducing the amount of energy your house consumes can lead to reduced utility bills and effective and affordable living. While achieving a completely self-sufficient and zero energy home seems far-fetched (although possible), you can still equip your house with materials and interior and exterior design that optimizes energy efficiency.
Why Is It Important to Build Efficient Homes?
Having an efficient home is not just a choice anymore it is a requirement. All new homes, home renovations, alterations, and additions need to comply with the 6- star standard in the National Construction Code. These requirements aim to reduce the environmental impact of energy consumption and water wastegate. If you aim to obtain a 7-star appraisal or higher, you’ll reduce your energy bills by 30%.
Fundamental Principles of Energy Efficient Design
Insulation is the cornerstone of an energy-efficient home. It is the most cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. The best way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round is to insulate your floors, walls, and ceilings. Insulating your home will help you stay warm in winters and cool in summers without relying too much on heaters and air conditioners.
Eco-Friendly Building Materials
Select building materials that are environmentally friendly and can be recycled and reused. For instance, natural wood flooring is an energy-efficient option. Wood is both renewable and recyclable. Its ability to store carbon makes it a green choice. Try to buy local material to reduce the carbon footprint. Buying local and renewable products will help reduce construction waste.
Harnessing plenty of sunlight can drastically reduce your bills. Make the most out of the sun by installing solar panels. Solar energy is clean, and it reduces your reliance on traditional sources of electricity. Coupled with a battery storage system, you can power your home even when the weather is cloudy.
If you are looking for a new home, pick a block that allows you to place the living area on the north side of the house. Your living room on the north side will take advantage of the winter sun and will keep your home bright, light, and warm. Proper house orientation is important for optimal solar heating, shading, and cooling.
Energy Efficient Hot Water System
Install an energy-efficient hot water system that is smart enough to reduce your bills. While choosing an energy-efficient hot water system, consider the following factors, household size, storage system, and budget. Out of date, hot water systems can be a huge burden on resources so, explore a modern technology that saves energy.
When it comes to saving energy, you should also consider glazing and shading windows, installing solar-operated or energy-efficient appliances, and well-controlled ventilation.