As the world’s population grows, the energy demand is also increasing, most of which is attributable to buildings. According to NEMA, in the U.S., 40% of the annual primary energy consumption and 70% of the electricity are attributable to buildings. As such, it is paramount to consider energy efficiency when planning a new building design.
Energy efficiency is an essential aspect of sustainable building design. A building’s energy efficiency is a result of various factors, including installation and maintenance. The following are some tips for creating an energy-efficient building:
Have a Good Insulation System
Insulation ensures your house is energy efficient and that HVAC systems work much better. When there’s good insulation in place, it helps keep your appliances from overworking during heat waves or cold snaps. In addition, good insulation keeps hot air from escaping from windows and doors during the summer and cold air from creeping through cracks during the winter.
Use Energy-efficient Smart Appliances
Appliances with an Energy Star label use less energy than standard models. For example, LED lights to use less electricity than traditional light bulbs and last longer. They are also brighter than other bulbs, so they are great for kitchens and bathrooms, where one needs extra light for safety. Have an emergency electrician install intelligent thermostats in your house. Smart thermostats automatically adjust themselves based on your activity level so that you don’t waste money on heating or cooling areas not in use at any given time of day or night.
Install Solar Panels to Complement Electricity
Solar panels help reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Having an emergency electrician pair them with an efficient HVAC system can provide all the power you need without relying on the grid.
Choose the Right Materials
Get materials that help improve the efficiency of your building, including windows and doors, insulation materials, refrigerators, or heat pumps. When choosing these materials, engage the emergency electrician to recommend suitable rating scales for your materials.
There are many small changes that you can make to a building’s design, construction, and operation to reduce energy use and operating costs. If you are planning a building construction or renovation, get in touch with us today for all your electrical needs!