How Home Energy Efficiency And Automation Are Changing Our Lives
With the rising need to change the way we use our energy resources to save our planet from irreversible changes, the government is working on new regulations to improve climatic conditions. By 2032, on a local level, the BC energy-efficiency code has established that all new homes should give out zero emissions while in operation. However, many households have already begun working towards zero-emission goals.
If you’re wondering how you can stay in line with the energy efficiency code, there are different ways to create a net-zero energy home. Passive houses are one of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption, but as you automate your home day by day, your house will consume more energy. If you want to keep up with the trends of comfort and still save energy, make sure you pay attention to the amount of energy you require and generate.
To maintain a balance between the energy you consume and produce, you first need to find ways to create electricity to power your home. There are different sources to draw renewable energy from, and the most popular is solar power.
The pros and cons
By introducing construction guidelines that encourage the building of homes with a high standard of energy efficiency has clear benefits. With more houses producing more energy than they consume, the better it will be for the environment. Similarly, with a step code process in place to guide builders to achieve a net-zero target gradually and through different paths (using different materials and processes), it becomes easier for everyone in the industry to prepare for this inevitable change.
On the other hand, one of the challenges of building high-efficiency homes is that not all builders are well-versed with the right steps in this process. While many people are willing to meet energy efficiency standards, the high costs sadly hold them back. But, as soon as energy efficiency technology costs decline and automation products grow in popularity, housing needs will change. This, in turn, will change the mindset of builders.
How to begin saving energy
If you’re constructing a new home and you want it to make it energy-efficient when drawing the plans for your house, make sure to talk to your builder and designer about your preferences. There will be an upfront investment that you’ll need to take care of. But, it will give way to massive returns on your investment over time. Moreover, the resale value of your house will increase, your bills will be low, and you will be protecting the integrity of the environment you pass on to the next generation.
If you are interested in high-efficiency homes, make sure that the builder you work with is knowledgeable about your requirements. Also, if you are planning to build in the next few years, be aware that because of the step code process that is in place, the regulations that apply today will change.
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