House should be more than a shelter for us. We have to think carefully how the design, appliances, and waste management of our houses impact the environment. Careless lifestyle can harm the environment further than we have already done.
We know that carbon emission has damaged the ozone layer, killed several species to extinction, and melted the ice on the poles. And if it is not us who protect the nature, then who else?
Besides, an environmental-friendly house does not mean that it has to be like a cave with no electricity and does not support a multimedia life. Below are the suggestions for you to have a house that can accommodate your modern needs without hurting the environment.
For existing house
If the idea of having a sustainable lifestyle has just crossed your mind recently, and you are already living in your house, you do not need to worry. You can first evaluate your house’s energy consumption and then make the necessary improvement.
There are professional services for this need. If you hire them, they are going to send you an expert on electricity to thoroughly evaluate the electrical installation in your house. You do not need to bother doing it by yourself– which is also a high-risk task by the way– and just sit tight while listening to the explanation of how you can improve your house’s energy efficiency.
However, you can still do the task by yourself. Prepare a regular camera and another with an infrared feature, a flashlight, a pen, a notebook, digital temperature, watt meter, and moisture meter.
Remember, if you are not professionally trained, do not be reckless and experimental with the electrical installation of your house. Otherwise, you can get electrocuted and burn your appliances.
Check the rooms in your house and make a list of their electrical consumption. Use your watt meter and notebook for this task. Evaluate what appliances from the room that consumes electricity the most and see if you can cut that energy. You can buy new appliances that are more energy efficient. Usually, old appliances consume more electricity than the newer ones to operate.
An infrared camera can help you to evaluate each room’s insulation. You can see which room is the fastest to lose its temperature so that you know where to repair.
For a new house
If you are planning to have a new house, you can either build your design or buy one on sale. Building a house requires a team, and perhaps will cost you more than purchasing an existing property. But you have all the opportunity to plan in advance how your energy consumption and waste management is going to be.
Here are the variables that you should consult with your team of builders:
1. Electrical Appliances
2. Insulation system
3. Room lighting
4. Heating and cooling system
5. Windows, doors, and ventilation installation.
The ultimate-approach to building an energy efficient house will add even more variables, such as the local weather and sun exposure. Engineers and architects who specialize in environmental-friendly construction can calculate those variables very well, so you would be better to hire them for the best result.
Opting for a house with efficient energy consumption is an invaluable investment. Besides helping to nurture the nature, the house will save you from the unnecessary monthly expense. Therefore, you should start planning for a green improvement for your home.