The constant fluctuations in the energy market can pose a challenge for a variety of construction projects, regardless of the scale. The term energy efficiency has existed for decades, but it is becoming increasingly important for builders and property owners. Now it influences building design, and various fixtures, appliances and features of homes, industrial complexes and apartment buildings. Here are some good ways to increase the energy efficiency of your project that will continue to pay off for years down the line.
- Energy efficient windows. Even if your windows are not old, updating with energy efficient types is a good idea. They let in plenty of light, but limit the heat that enters, lowering cooling costs. In some areas, tax credits are available to those who upgrade to these windows, resulting in more savings.
- Use proper sealing and insulation. Effective insulation from the start leads to lower energy bills and greater comfort. Air can escape through cracks under windows, doors or in walls. Sealing them will lead to greater energy efficiency.
- Do some landscaping. This will not only beautify the property, it can also boost efficiency in the home. Shady trees near the home can minimize the amount of heat that enters. When the leaves fall off in the winter sunlight will penetrate through the branches, bringing the sun’s warmth to the windows and the sides of the property.
- Buy energy efficient appliances. Today’s appliances are sleeker, rich with features and many brands are energy efficient. The low kilowatt consumption translates to lower energy bills.
- Upgrade the lighting. Use more energy efficient lighting methods. The simplest way is to change all incandescent bulbs to LED. Install a dimmer switch in some rooms, and install sensors that turn lights off as you leave the room.
- Increase natural lighting. With more natural light in the home, there will be less need to turn lights on in the daytime.
- Choose the right color pallets. Lighter colors have the effect of making the interior of the home seem brighter. It reflects more of the natural light, so this will lessen the need for artificial lighting in the daytime.
- Install a programmable thermostat. This device will control the home’s HVAC system, turning it off when it is not needed. It adjusts the temperature automatically and results in lower energy usage.
Energy efficiency plays a role in many decisions made during both the design and construction phases. This benefits the environment and it helps to lower the homeowner’s expenses in the future. We can help you ensure that your next construction project in central Florida is energy efficient regardless of scope. Call us at 407-316-8544 to discuss your upcoming construction project or to discuss hiring us to manage the project for you.