The Importance Of Energy Efficiency In New Home Design

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. A significant purchase for most individuals and families is that of their primary residence. One way to save money on your home, particularly when you’re having it designed is the make it energy efficient. Creating a home that’s environmentally friendly and which will save you money in the long run is a win-win. The following contributed post is entitled, The Importance Of Energy Efficiency In New Home Design.

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When it comes to new home design, there are two words that are increasingly cropping up in conversation ‘energy efficiency’. There’s more focus than ever on reducing the carbon footprint of the building process and creating sustainable energy-efficient homes that are better for the environment and more comfortable for people to live in, so what does the future look like for energy-efficient homes?

What does energy efficiency actually mean?

Energy efficiency, when used in the context of building design, means constructing or upgrading a building to reduce the amount of energy required for it to provide its basic services. Put simply, using less energy for everyday processes such as heating and lighting. Older houses have many inefficiencies which are now being corrected during renovations using up-to-date materials that can provide better results. Newer homes, on the other hand, are now being designed in such ways that their inefficiencies are removed from the get-go.

What are the benefits of an energy-efficient home?

Building regulations are in place around the world to try and ensure a minimum standard for energy efficiency in all-new home designs. But prioritizing energy efficiency is about more than simply being compliant.

● Solving an economical issue
Although energy efficiency can greatly benefit the pocket of the home-owner it is also about reducing reliance on resources such as oil, coal and gas, which are becoming critical economic issues. Homes and other buildings account for nearly 40% of total energy use in the United States, making it a key area for the government to tackle.

● Saving home-owners money
An energy-efficient home can save the home-owner money on wasted energy, particularly in areas such as heating costs.

● Reducing greenhouse emissions

Energy production directly contributes to the creation of harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are currently accelerating the rate of global warming. Energy-efficient homes demand less energy production, thus directly reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by running them. Reducing emissions has both local and global effects, reducing pollution and the impact on the environment.

Building an energy-efficient home

The easiest way to ensure energy efficiency within a home is to tackle it at each stage of the building project, making new-build housing sites a key area of attention. Contractors, builders and surveyors such as are all aligning with regards to the importance of energy-efficiency in their line of work. Some of the things to consider when building an energy-efficient home include:

● Using correct insulation
● Weatherproofing the building
● Using high-quality windows with a low environmental impact
● Installing quality systems that last a lifetime
● Monitoring energy performance through audits and making adjustments when necessary
● Using materials whose production has less impact on the environment
● Trying to use renewable energy sources when possible such as solar or wind power.

Doing your part

Although energy-efficiency is easiest to consider during the new build stage, we can all do our part to reduce our energy consumption. Consider small home upgrades that can reduce the amount of energy that escapes from your home. Make more environmentally conscious decisions when purchasing new appliances paying attention to their energy efficiency ratings and adopt more eco-friendly habits.