Green living: Save Our Earth By Living Green

The Ultimate 5-Point Checklist to Consider for an Energy Efficient Home

A full-scale swing towards energy efficiency, from the government level to every household is the only way to save our energy resources for a bit longer, until renewable technologies are developed to such an extent that they can take over completely. On a more mundane level, every household can save a considerable amount by being energy-efficient. These are some of the ideas.

An Energy Efficient Home

Your roof can be cool

Properties of a cool roof reflect the sunlight, absorbing 60% less heat than a standard roof. There are there most popular ways to make a cool roof: by coating it in a layer of reflective paint, covering it with reflective sheets and using reflective shingles and roof tiles. Before you consider installing one of these upgrades, you need to consider the building type and climate. Reflective membranes and layers of reflective marble chips work well for low sloped roofs, while reflective shingles and tiles are best used on high slope roofs.

Windows Blocking Heat

Among all the components of the sunlight, it is the UV that causes most problems, and it is the component that generates most of the heat. If your home benefits from large window panes which give you spectacular view of the garden, you should consider replacing the standard windows with high-performance ones, together with solar screens and filters. They are so effective in reducing sun-radiating heat that you won’t need to use the AC unit so often, cutting the energy bills.

External Insulation

Over time, exterior house walls will crack, giving way to either heat leaking in or leaking out if that is the case. In addition to that, heat exchange between the outside and inside temperature generates moisture that can lead to molds. The simplest and a very effective way to insulate a house is atechnique called exterior wall cladding There are several ways to do it, including multi-layered EIFS insulation panels and natural stone cladding.

Lighting

Although a single bulb doesn’t draw as much power as a kitchen appliance, a typical family home has many light fixtures and the potential for energy dissipation. The first step you can take is to replace incandescent bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and LEDs. Both options are more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan than conventional bulbs. You can even install fluorescent tubes as a cheaper option in a garage, basement or a room which has little traffic.

Appliances

Rather than buying an expensive new energy-saving stove, fridge or washing machine, you can manage the use of the existing ones to make the more energy-efficient. For example if the weather allows it, hang your laundry on portable drying racks outside rather than using a dryer. Also, a beautiful day outside is the invitation for a garden grill. There is nothing worse than cooking inside throughout the hot morning and cranking the AC to the max to fight the heat generated in the kitchen.

Aside from money savings you will be able to make once you adopt these energy-saving habits, every “green” modification you make on your house will raise the value of the property.

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