Saving Energy in Your Custom Home
We are unfortunately living in a world where we have to be energy conscious. Due to the toll of human development on the environment, society has to place more focus on energy efficiency in their homes, schools, and workplaces. Though some want to be energy efficient because they genuinely care for the planet, others pursue an energy efficient lifestyle to save money on their energy and water bills. Regardless of the reason for wanting to be energy efficient, there are good practices to encourage all to follow in order to make the world a better, cleaner place.
In this blog, we will discuss the many ways you can make your custom home a more energy efficient place. See our tips and tricks to make your living space more green for the planet and keep a little green in your pockets.
Lower Your Thermostat
Lowering your thermostat is the easiest way to go easier on the planet and your monthly bill total. According to Energy.gov, lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees during the work day will save five to 15 percent every year. When you are at work, you have no reason to have your thermostat on blast, Preserve energy by turning down your thermostat when you are not using it.
Unplug Your Devices
Another way to preserve energy is by unplugging unused chargers. For example, when you go to work, you may leave a cell phone or battery charger plugged into one of your house sockets. This is a bad idea because chargers are notorious for taking in electricity even then it is not necessary. And, depending on the age of your house (not related to custom homes) an old socket that is in use for multiple hours has the potential of causing a fire. Of course, this only happens if the energy socket is old and the charger has been left in the socket for many hours in the day. Still, the risk is still present, which means you should try to make sure you try to prevent an accidental fire.
According to Energy.gov, chargers consume over 0.26 watts of energy when they are not in use and 2.24 when they are connected to your phone. Though this difference may seem minor, the 0.26 watts can be responsible for 10 percent of your energy bill.
Don’t Wash With Hot Water
It is best to not wash any clothing with hot water. For one, hot water requires heat (duh!). But, because of this, a portion of your energy bill is devoted to supplying that heat. Not only you using energy to run the washing machine itself, but you are also using energy to heat the water as well. As a general rule, you should always wash your clothes with cold water. If not for the planet or your energy bill, for the fate of your clothes. Materials don’t respond well to heat, which means that the integrity of your clothing could be sacrificed if you are repeatedly washing your clothes with hot water.
Save Water With a Shower
If you want to have a smaller bill, you need to use less. This might seem like a difficult concept to some, especially when they are accustomed to using so much water for their day-to-day use. One of the best ways to preserve water is by using it in smarter ways. For instance, you should refrain from taking baths. Baths will use around 75 gallons of water versus the 17.2 gallons used for showers.
Showers are also a great cleaning method to enforce in your home because showerheads can come with low-flow features. This feature helps improves water efficiency due to the slower stream of water. Most shower heads shoot out water quickly (2.5 gallons per minute). But, with a low-flow showerhead, you get the water you need, slower, thus preserving water.
Seal Your Windows
If your windows are drafty, you may need to seal them up. If air is reaching the inside of your home it could make your heater work overtime to try and heat your space. And, if you have drafty windows, all the heat that you are producing is most likely being displaced outside. So, how do you fix this? The best way to combat this is by sealing the air leaks on your windows by applying weather stripping around the frames. You will them want to add some silicone caulk over any of the cracks in your drywall. Then, apply a sheet of shrink film to your window and seal all of the gaps. Once this is complete, your window will be fully sealed and you will be able to contain any heat you produce.
UrbanLux is here to build custom homes for residents in the San Antonio area. We are able to construct luxury custom homes that can be built to your exact wishes. If you are interested in a custom home that you can ensure is eco-friendly and energy efficient, you can discuss your project with one of our representatives. Contact UrbanLux today.