Seal and Insulate
The outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and floors may have some hidden gaps and cracks, which can create as much airflow as an open window, and can cause your heating and cooling systems to work much harder. The most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and home comfort is by proper sealing and insulating.
Heat and Cool
If you are looking for a new heating or cooling equipment, look for one labeled with Energy Star.
Allow Fresh Air Flow
Fresh airflow and natural ventilation is a low-cost and energy-efficient way to cool your home and maintain good indoor air quality.
Let in Natural Light
Day lighting is all about using the natural sunlight to brighten up a home's interior. The more natural light your house receives, the less you have to rely on electricity. Daylight also helps improve your home's aesthetic feel. Light-colored wall paints can really help to brighten up a room and reflect more daylight throughout the space.
- To conserve energy, turn off lights, televisions, and electric appliances, when not in use.
- Minimize the use of water to reduce wastage.
- You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting an efficient water heater for your home or by using solar water heaters.
Energy conservation does not mean living a rigid life, but it means eliminating the enormous amount of waste from our homes and lifestyles. You can start building a green home today by following some guidelines set out by regulating authorities. According to CommonFloor.com, there are two major green-rating systems in India-GRIHA and LEED, India.
Guest post by Pavithra Rohit from Commonfloor.com