Climatic changes and its effects have opened our eyes to the importance energy conservation. Non-renewable energy consumption should be reduced as they cannot be renewed or take thousands of years to be made. It is also to be noted that energy sources are becoming costlier day by day. Thus we should incorporate energy efficient technologies while designing interiors or exteriors of our home.
Home energy efficiency is a major concern for majority of owners nowadays. Many public and private institutions and persons have integrated green methodologies into construction projects. Government and private investors are supporting companies that develop green products. Government has come up with various quality testing and ratings to promote sustainable green construction that recycles and reuses products. Due to recent economic hardships, such interests have peaked among consumers. People are interested in buying products that come with green logo since it denotes environment-friendly furniture. Due to the advancement of technology, there are many solutions to our energy related concerns.
Let us go through 3 different ways to construct an energy efficient home.
The cost of natural gases, electricity and oils only keep increasing day by day. Home owners can install solar panels in their home to generate all or a part of the energy they need for daily use. Solar panels will cost more initially and have maintenance costs but since they last long, it will be profitable in the long run. Solar panels these days have become less expensive and more energy efficient. It used to take an average home owner 15 to 20 years to save anything in the monthly bill but solar panels these days are lighter and thinner and would only take one third time to realize the same profit.
Radiant barrier technology
Radiant barrier technology is relatively recent in insulation and construction field. This technology was used extensively in the NASA space programs. Radiant barriers are essentially a special foil material that can reflect hear or cold. During summer time, the barrier reflects heat back towards the exterior thus the air conditioner only has to work less time. Similarly, during winter, when there is colder temperature, the radiant barrier help keep the warmth in the interiors of the home by reflecting the warmth back into the room. Thus we are able to save fuel and electricity throughout the year.
Exterior siding can also improve the energy efficiency of the home. Siding materials of older times will be damaged and worn out after 5 to 10 years of regular use. Vinyl siding and Aluminium siding will fade and become split or dented. Whereas wood siding will rot and fade due to moisture. Insects and moisture can enter the joints and cause problems, if not sealed properly and cause fungus and other damages..
Fibre Cement Boards are composite construction materials made of sand, cement, and cellulose fibre. Cement siding is preferred because of its ability to withstand natural elements such as rain, wind, fire and hail for a long time. Also Fibre Cement Boards are maintenance free and can be installed with basic knowledge in woodwork. With appropriate patterns and finishes, they can be made to look like traditional wood siding.
Energy efficient building materials can be used to remodel and upgrade existing home. Government has given rebates and tax credits on energy efficient materials and thus are available at lower costs. It will help save money. Search intensively and gather knowledge about different energy efficient materials for construction and select the ones suiting your needs.