Tips for Building Your Own Home
We have all heard the hype around Energy Efficient Homes, but what exactly is it and how do you go about achieving an energy efficient home?
Put simply, an energy efficient home is a home that reduces unnecessary energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and demand for renewable resources. The benefits include providing healthier living conditions, helping the environment and eventually significant money savings for the homeowner.
To ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible, the following advice will help you achieve your goal:
The positioning of your home on the block you have chosen is the first and probably most important step towards an energy efficient house. To maximise the use of solar energy in Winter, while reducing excessive heat gain in Summer, your home and its windows need to be positioned correctly. Discuss your floor plan with Momu’s friendly team to make sure that the final home design is as energy efficient as possible.
Use the Sun
The sun is a great source of free and renewable energy. Using the sun’s power to supplement heating and hot water systems is both easy and affordable. There are a lot of highly efficient solar power systems on the market that will reduce a home’s energy bills and carbon footprint.
Consider double glazing for your windows, great for reducing the amount of heat that escapes during Winter, and keeping cool in during Summer. Other benefits include lower power bills, and also noise minimising.
In addition to making sure your home is properly sealed, there also needs to be ventilation to remove moisture, odours and pollutants from the air inside your home. Look into installing ventilation systems in the bathrooms, toilet, kitchen and laundry.
Every energy efficient home has to have insulation, as minimising heat loss through ceilings, walls and floors is important. Insulation is the most cost-effective way to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. To save money, plan to put insulation in when your home is being constructed.
Making use of as much natural light as you can is obviously the best when it comes to energy efficiency, but you will need to have artificial lighting too. Choosing energy efficient lighting like LED’s is the best way to save money and keep your energy use down. Using timers, dimmers and sensors is also recommended.
Doing your research before you build is definitely the way to go, as it will cost a lot less to make your home energy efficient during the designing and building stages. At Momu we are proud to offer you the option to design your own home from scratch, and we can guide you in the best design choice for your family and lifestyle.