For many years people have been trying to find ways to improve energy efficiency in their homes. Depending on the season, your requirements will change. In winter you will want to find ways of heating and lighting your home. In summer you will want to keep your home cooler. And this with as little energy usage as possible. And thus also safe money on energy bills.
Ways to improve energy efficiency in buildings
The most common ways to make your home more energy efficient are:
- Draught proofing (low cost)
- Insulation around the hot water tank (low cost)
- Cavity wall insulation (possible grants available)
- Loft insulation (possible grants available)
The first 2 options are low cost and fairly easy to sort. But the cavity wall and loft insulation can be costly. However, because the UK government would like as many people as possible to be able to have their homes insulated properly, in some cases they are willing to help. For some options there is a possibility that there are grants available. We strongly suggest that you check if you would be able to benefit from these schemes.
Besides the options mentioned above there is a lot more that can be done.
We should not only be talking about heating and cooling but also about lighting. Usually we need to use artificial light to get the much needed light into our homes. But outside we have natural daylight. This is free and we should find ways to use it.
What could natural light do for us?
Another way to improve energy efficiency in residential properties is getting more natural light into the building. This will not only safe energy, but natural light is also beneficial to our health. It has been proven that people who get a regular dose of natural light are more positive, have more energy and even have less chance of developing dementia.
Another cheeky benefit is that natural daylight helps preventing some illnesses and assist in recovering from illness. So we will not miss out on any jobs that could have earned us some money. No days off and no customers that will feel let down. And as a best case scenario, you might even save money on medicines that are no longer needed.
How can we get more daylight into the right places?
In rooms situated on the outside of the building this is an easy task. Make sure there are windows and just open the curtains. But most buildings have rooms that do not have the option to place windows. They can be in the middle of the building or even underneath the building.
Fortunately designers have found new and innovative ways of getting natural daylight into hidden and dark areas.he best for you.
In rooms situated directly under flat or angled roofs, there is the amazing opportunity to place a rooflight. Glazed or polycarbonate. Flat or domed. Each option will give a different result. For each type of room and each person requirements will be different. And with all the option that are available we can find a solution for each of these requirements.
By using a Skylight you can optimize the amount of light coming in. Depending on the angle this could provide up to 3 times as much natural light as a conventional vertically fitted window. It has even been proven that the CO2 emission of a building with these rooflights fitted can be reduced with up to 50%.
For those rooms that are not situated directly under a roof or for those rooms that need the light to come in on a different angle, there is the option to install Sun Tunnels. The options here are endless. And thus gives you the opportunity to give the rooms that were practically unusable now perfect for many uses. An additional bedroom, a new office, an extra bathroom or even a luxurious cinema room. You can be really creative.
An additional benefit of installing Sun Tunnels is that besides supplying an additional source of light it also improves the insulation of your building. Sun Tunnels have been manufactured with a thermal break.
A thermal break is a thermal barrier of material that is low in conductivity. And the aim is to reduce or prevent the flow of thermal energy between conductive materials. In this case the argon gas in between the double glass insulation layer stops the thermal energy from passing through the glass. Meaning that the heat produced by the sun does not travel any further than this break. And at the same time, heat produced inside the building will also not be lost.
Hopefully we have given you some ideas to get your trip to higher energy efficiency on the road. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss what options are the best for you.