Energy Efficient Home

The Energy Efficient Home – Traits, Features, and Design Techniques

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Surely, at some point in the future, all homes will be designed with energy efficiency in mind. In the meantime, if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the market, you can always design your own energy-efficient home.

If you’re after ultra-efficient home design, you will need a design that combines state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction with renewable energy systems like solar water heating and solar electricity.

And when the designer of a property takes advantage of local site and climate conditions, it will be easier to incorporate things like passive solar cooling and heating and make use of energy-efficient landscaping strategies and on-site renewable energy systems.

Let’s explore the traits, features, and design techniques of an energy-efficient home in more detail so you can start contemplating how to build or find a property that is as energy efficient as possible. 

Solar Power

We mentioned solar power for water heating and electricity in the introduction, and you’re sure to be aware of just how energy-efficient solar solutions can be, so ensuring your home has solar capability is a must.

The average home that has just one or two solar panels can generate enough electricity to run independently, and therefore not need to obtain electricity from a provider.

Indeed, even in cloudy conditions, solar panels can more than adequately provide electricity and heat to your home.

Furthermore, you may be able to get a government grant to install solar panels.

Insulation

For a home to be truly energy efficient, proper insulation is crucial; especially in the walls and in the attic.

If your home doesn’t have insulation, it’s easy to add insulation to your attic to prevent heat from escaping as it rises, and you can add insulation to the walls by blowing it into wall cavities.

You could even consider a house wrap, which will provide protection from moisture and air that could otherwise leak through the gaps and cracks of the doors, windows, and other areas.

But if you’re designing and building your home from scratch, you’ll want to consider using an interlocking wall system, like insulated concrete forms.

Made from hollow concrete blocks that are specially designed to act as their own form of insulation, insulated concrete blocks are excellent for cutting down on energy waste.

The blocks link together to form a solid wall system with no gaps, making them completely airtight.

If you build a home with insulated concrete blocks, your home can become very energy efficient and you’ll be able to save loads on your energy bills.

Smart Tech

You can better maintain the energy efficiency of your home when you use smart tech and smart appliances.

For instance, when you use a smart thermostat or smart air conditioning, you can monitor and adjust levels to reduce your energy use, even when you’re not at home.

And should you experience a problem or failure, you can always get issues fixed quickly by contacting national HVAC services.

When you install smart tech in your home, you not only get to make your home more energy efficient. You also get to reduce your energy costs.

So, consider things like smart thermostats and smart lighting, as well as appliances like smart refrigerators and dryers.

Water Heaters

Did you know that, on average, water heaters account for 19% of a home’s energy consumption?

Well, if you want your water heater to be more energy efficient, go with a tankless water heater, which only heats water when you need it; unlike traditional water heaters that store and heat large volumes of water.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is an electrical engineer turned marketer. He is the founder of Indexsy, Far & Away, Laurel & Wolf, a couple FBA businesses , and about 40 affiliate sites. He is a proud native of Vancouver, BC, who has been featured on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes, Oberlo and GoDaddy.