Whatever it is that you imagine when you are asked to think of your dream home, there are certain elements that you really need to make sure you are including in that vision. One of the things that we can’t afford to overlook these days is the climate emergency, and as such you really do need to make sure that everything you are planning and designing in your dream home is going to be as energy-efficient as possible. In this post, we are going to take a look at some top ideas for how to achieve this a little more effectively.
Insulate The Roof
You really do need to work from the roof down when you are trying to plan for an energy-efficient home. It is a myth that most of the energy is lost through the roof, but nonetheless you do need to make sure that you are insulating it as well as possible, as you are still going to find that a lot of heat can be lost that way. Good insulation in the roof is the first step in any energy-efficient green home, and if you are not doing this, you might as well not bother with anything else.
Of course, another important aspect of insulating your home is making sure any gaps that drafts could get through are also filled, especially in the winter, when you could end up using more energy just to keep your home at a reasonable temperature.
The good news is that by filling these gaps and using some of these additional winter energy tips you will be able to reduce your energy usage in the colder months. Thereby staging warm, without breaking the bank!
Choose Appropriate Windows
Your choice of windows is also going to make a significant difference to the way in which your home loses energy (or not) and so you need to make sure that you are choosing well. There are certainly some kinds of windows which are significantly better at energy-efficiency, and which you should therefore prioritise in your planning for your dream home. For instance, if you buy louvre windows, you are going to be reducing your energy bill dramatically, so that kind of solution is definitely worth considering. As long as you think about this logically, you should find you can make a huge difference in this way.
Be Clever With Light
The way in which you approach light in your home can lend itself towards being both homely and original, and completely energy-efficient, if you approach it in a clever and unique way. In particular, you should think about trying to make use of a higher number of smaller lights in areas around the home, rather than huge overhead lights which generally eat up a lot of energy in an-efficient manner. If you do that, you will find your home is so much more efficient in no time.
One of the real opportunities that face you in designing and building your own dream house is that you are buying everything that is going to go into the house, so that means you are able to make it as energy-efficient as possible from the very start. In a sense, all you need to do is to buy the right appliances and lighting and so on, and you are going to have a huge head-start on this, so that is definitely something you will want to think about once you are actually stocking up for the home.