This energy saving house may not be to everybodies taste visually, but it does show how we can alter our existing houses to drastically improve the levels of insulation. This clearly has an outlay cost involved, but according to this report, the featured house will have paid for itself in only 8 years! It uses no fossil fuels, but instead harnesses the natural light and heat from the sun to create a light and airy living space.
This is a long way from the original house design and layout, although with some imagination and creativity it has been transformed into a different space altogether. The functionality has no doubt altered to some extent as no boiler or radiators are fitted to the property, so that may take some getting used to. There is a wood burner within the main living space to top up the house, but it is high levels of insulation and clever partitioning to stop draughts that are key to this house.
This home has hit a point of efficiency at a time when our energy and fuel bills have never been more in the media focus. The house actually creates excess energy that it can then sell back to the mains electrical grid. This is collected with solar photovoltaic panels that are mounted on the roof of the building and mean that on a very sunny day, the house is actually making money from the energy collected from the sun.
This is a fantastic example of how we need to re-think our approach to energy usage and whilst putting on a jumper instead of turning up the heating may be a good start, we should be thinking more long term about the other ways in which we could change our lifestyles to reduce our energy usage. Even if you are not a believer in climate change, it will certainly make a difference to the amount of money in your piggy bank!
If you want to discuss an energy saving project, then by all means feel free to contact me (here) as I have links with local energy saving companies that could help you not only save money, but in fact make money in the long term!
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