Top Ideas That Can Be Included In Energy Efficient Building Plans

Having an energy efficient home means one can spend less on electricity bills, save more money for special occasions & outings, reduce carbon footprint, and get great peace of mind. Constructing a residence in Geraldton using green building methods & techniques can prevent one’s dream home from becoming an emission-releasing powerhouse.

Here are some effective ideas that can be used for energy efficiency building plans:

Geographical Location & Position

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A building should never be planned to face the west, since doing so can maximise exposure to the sun and heat up the house quickly. Also, a residential property must not be built in areas prone to natural calamities such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc.

Size

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A house that is huge would obviously have a huge impact on the environment. Moreover, it would also cost more for cooling and heating. Therefore, it is better to stick to a smaller building plan. Doing so would bring about cost-effectiveness and enhanced manageability.

Solar Panels

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Since solar energy is renewable and one of the cleanest sources of power, it can be prudent to include solar panels in a building plan. Solar power can help to reduce consumption of electricity, and also allow to distribute excess energy to one’s utility company, if there is any.

Energy Star Rated Windows

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Windows that are energy efficient (rated ENERGY STAR) can help to save a lot of power. They should, therefore, be mandatorily included in the building plan of a residential property. The energy savings that these windows offer cover the additional cost for every window installed.

Eco-Friendly Building Materials

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The impact of a new construction on the environment can be significantly reduced by using sustainable or eco-friendly building materials. There is a wide range of materials that can be utilised, such as linoleum, cork, reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic, bamboo, etc.

Effective Landscaping

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A properly planned shady landscaping can provide protection to a home from direct rays of the sun in summer. It also allows ample of sunlight to enter a residence through the windows in winter. Also, trees planted on the western and eastern sides of an abode can help to keep a house cooler throughout summer.

Employing these ideas can not only aid in the construction of a green home, but also pay back the investment in the long run through savings made on energy bills. Besides that, it would also help the homeowner to stay stress-free.

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