Science~ Modern Energy Efficienct house Ideas
You have much to consider when designing and building a new energy-efficient house, and it can be a challenge. However, recent technological improvements in building elements and construction techniques also allow most modern energy- saving ideas to be added into house designs while improving comfort and health. Even though some energy-efficient features are expensive, there are others that many home buyers can afford. While design costs, options, and styles vary, most energy efficient homes have some basic elements in common: a well constructed and tightly sealed thermal envelope; controlled ventilation; properly sized, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; and energy-efficient doors, windows, and appliances.
Insulation acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain, particularly in roofs and ceilings, walls and floors. In many homes insulation is the most practical and cost effective way to make a house more energy efficient, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter and saving up to 40 per cent in heating and cooling bills. In addition, insulation may reduce condensation in the home. This can provide health benefits by reducing mould and damp.
- Turn off kitchen and bath fans immediately after use.
- Choose energy-efficient appliances. They don’t just save you money, but they’re good for the environment because they use less energy.
- Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving of the same amount of light.
- Plug electronics into a power strip, then turn the strip off when not in use to save in energy costs.
- Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. Many chargers draw power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into the charger.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
- Take shorter showers.
One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
- Insulate your water pipes.
It's easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
cooling in a home
Window and door placement in a home play a huge part in the air-flow, which then of course affects the temperature.
Keep your blinds closed. As simple as it may seem, it has been proven that 30% of unwanted heat come from the sun through the windows.
And be smart about your doors. Closing off unused rooms will prevent the cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day
Let the night air in. During the summer months, temperatures tend to drop during the night.
Having tress in a garden is a great idea. But to many can affect the light entering the house. It can also cause some damage to the house if a storm was to hit. A few around the house is a great idea because then it provides shade in the rooms in the hottest parts of the day. The placement of the trees and shrubs plays a huge part in their usefulness. in the picture below look at how the trees and shrubs are placed in a way that they will be safe but still provide the shade needed.
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