An energy-efficient home works this way:
Through efficient use of natural light, you can have a well-lighted home for just a fraction of the usual cost. You will only need to turn on your lighting fixtures during night time. This can drastically cut down your electricity bill. And, you consume less energy, which is good for the earth.
During summer time, your home remains cool. You can minimize your use of air conditioners and still remain comfortable. Of course, this also lessens energy consumption and saves you money.
During winter, you can reduce your heater use when you have a properly-insulated home. Again, this cuts down your electricity bill.
What should you consider in an energy-efficient home:
You will likely be working with a Brisbane home builder when you build your earth-friendly home. While a professional team will know the different factors to consider, it pays to know these too. After all, you will be the one living in and maintaining your home. It is important to know what makes it tick!
insulation acts as a heat flow deterrent. It reduces the transfer of heat between and through your home’s doors, floors, windows, ceiling and gaps. This makes your home more comfortable, regardless of season. Whether it’s cold out or hot, your home provides you comfort at less cost.
This is done through bulk insulation or reflective insulation. Bulk insulation uses conduction and convection. It is best when you want to keep heat in. Reflective insulation is the opposite. It reflects heat and keeps it out.
Typically, you will need to use both for different sections of your home. The idea is to have a thoughtfully insulated home that gives you the comfort that you need, and cuts down on your energy consumption and spending. All this is good for you and it’s good for the planet too. You reduce your greenhouse gas emission and carbon footprint.
Home orientation and location
One of the reasons why you should discuss your dream home with an expert home builder first, before getting plans drafted or – worse – buying anything, is the importance of lot location and home orientation to getting an environmentally-sound home. Your location and orientation greatly determine how you effectively optimise natural light, heating and cooling.
The first step is your lot selection. You need to consider the size, orientation and slope of the lot. Plus, take a look around. Are there trees and buildings that may block sunlight and wind? The best lot orients your home northward during daytime, with a long axis that’s from east to west.
Shading and Glazing
This pertains to how you retain and keep away heat, depending on the season. During cold weather, you rely on glazing to keep heat in. Shading is the opposite and applies during hot weather, when you want to protect your home from the searing heat.