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How to Build an Energy-saving House

Why should you build an energy-saving house?
The point of building an energy-saving house is to minimalize the cost you will deal with when making and what your house will impose on you. Generally and routinely that cost is your electricity, water and gas bills. Meanwhile, the cost to repair and take care of a house is more temporary.

 

In architecture, we have been taught everything that pertains and how to a good house begins from the planning and the components of the building. It means, if someone really, truly wants to apply whatever is related to building a good house it is possible for them to build an energy-saving house.
On certain conditions (such as location), there are several theories that may be difficult to be applied to the house you want to make. For that, you need to consult with an architect who knows how to build an energy-saving house.

 

Here are some guidelines you can use to know how to build an energy-saving house:
1. Start by smart house design.
Example: When designing a home please consider the condition of the house’s environment. (See: Build House based on House Orientation). With this you can position the rooms at the best possible locations.

2. Use the right material to bring out the max level of comfort.
Example: If you build a house at a place with tropical climate, you should use a wall material that allows isolation between the outside and the inside of your house so you won’t waste energy on air conditioner (AC).

3. Build rooms as you need them.
The bigger the room you build the bigger energy and cost will be needed to build and maintain it.
Example: The energy needed for a room with a ceiling height of 2.80 m is smaller than a room with ceiling height of 3.50 m.

4. Use isolation materials as you need them.
Example: Using aluminum foil layer on a roof made out of tiles as its cover.

5. Use solar-energy.
Make a house design that maximizes the use of solar-energy (pertains to point number 1). Thus, you can be assured that your house is energy-saving.

6. Useful tips and tricks.
Take advantage on other useful tips and tricks on how to build an energy-saving house and/or cost-saving house.
Example: Using a trick to make the hot water installation cheap.

7. Create an Energy Efficient, Fresh Air Supply.
Since zero energy homes are so airtight, a continuous source of fresh filtered air and moisture control are critical to its success. This need for ventilation has a silver lining: zero energy homes are healthier and more comfortable than standard homes. Highly energy efficient ventilation systems, known as heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems or energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems expel stale air while recovering its heat and returning that same heat to the home with the fresh air.

8. Select an Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling System.
Highly-efficient, cost-effective, heating and cooling systems are essential to meeting the net zero energy goal. One good choice is an air source ductless heat pump, also called a mini-split heat pump. These systems are highly efficient and don’t have the shortcomings of central, forced-air systems or the high costs of thermal heat pumps.

9. Install Energy Efficient Lighting
Minimizing energy use for lighting, while optimizing light for residents, is an important feature of zero energy homes. LED lights are the perfect match for these tasks. They are more energy efficient than CFLs, last many years longer, and contain no mercury. In addition, they can meet a variety of lighting needs from very bright white light to soft, warm light. Selecting the right LED lights for the task, locating lights strategically, and utilizing natural light as effectively as possible can drastically reduce a home’s energy use.

10. Select Energy Efficient Appliances and Electronics
In a typical zero energy home just over 40% of the home’s energy use is accounted for by heating, cooling and hot water, while appliances and plug loads may account for up to 60% of the load.

 

So these are the ways to build an energy-saving house. Perhaps there are circumstances that may make building an energy-saving house quite expensive but that will only happen once. After that, maintaining the house is much cheaper than if you don’t build a house that doesn’t cost you a lot of money on energy.
So which one do you choose…?
Paying extra for one time at the start?
Or paying routine bills that will only mount up as you go on?

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