Energy Efficient Homes simplifies the concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. This is beneficial for the environment, your wallet and for the planet. By building energy-efficient houses we can do our part in conserving natural resources. Investing in home energy efficiency will reduce energy consumption. This, in turn, will not only save the money through reduced utility bills but will also increase the resale value of your home. This will make the home and its surroundings a more comfortable and healthy place to live. Energy efficiency can be achieved by adopting a more efficient technology to reduce energy utilization. Energy utilization can be measured in terms of energy, cost and carbon emission. This depends on the technique a building is constructed, insulated, heated, and ventilated.
This can be done by insulating the home, installing fluorescent lights and compact fluorescent lights, use high-efficiency windows, installing a solar water heating system, etc. An energy-efficient home is best designed before a house is built but many things can be done in an existing house to reduce energy consumption. While planning an energy-efficient house one must focus on three basic goals which include reducing the energy used in the home, using the energy to its fullest potential and reducing the waste produced by that energy. Insulating the home utilizes less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature. Installing fluorescent lights and compact fluorescent lights use two-thirds less energy and may perhaps last 6 to 10 times longer than incandescent lights. Effective window placement provides more natural daylight and lessens the need for electric lighting during the day. Solar water heaters reduce energy loads.