How to make your prefab homes energy efficient
Being responsible people, we always take care that there is minimal waste of energy, so that there will be enough to use when there is need. Prefab house plans usually keep this aspect in mind, even while constructing or designing the house. To explore energy efficient house plans, you need to look for an expert and reliable home builder, who can offer everything under the sun related to precast building.
Considering an energy efficient green building, here are some features which bring you closer to nature, as you tend to conserve energy in various ways with your prefab home.
Open floors mean there are common spaces in the house merged together, reducing extra walls – kitchen and living area; kitchen, dining, and living area, etc. Here the open floors reduce the extra cost of partition walls, as the support to the roof is done through beams. These open floors allow you to bond with your family, while doing some work, for example you are cooking in the kitchen and you need to keep an eye on the kids playing in the living area. It saves energy, as less light is required to light up the entire area. Though, the heating and cooling systems would need a little more time to control the temperature in a open floor design.
Installing broad windows would allow maximum light to pass through them, which would light up the house without extra electric light during the day. You can control the light using curtains in every room. By such windows, you conserve energy and indirectly save the resources which are used to generate power.
Solar energy is one of the best resources of energy, when electricity is so essential for our day to day activities. Installing these panels on the roof ensure that you generate electricity even without spending anything or paying any extra cost. This can be used to manage even your heating and cooling systems as well. Solar panels offer enough energy for your daily needs, when you have an entire roof installed with such panels.
Your precast homes can even have a biogas plant in the yard, which would generate energy consuming the organic and degradable waste you otherwise throw in the garbage bin. Isn’t it a great idea to use the waste material and get some perks out of it. Using a biogas plant, even the waste is not a waste. You can virtually dump everything out of the kitchen that starts rotting and that would generate energy for you.
A wind mill is a good option, if your house is in a windy place. You can install these small windmills on the roof and get energy generated to meet your energy needs. With such power generating equipment ready to cater you, your precast homes would serve you the best for years, without any carbon footprint.
Rain water harvesting
After energy, it’s water that we must take care of while using. Being an essential natural resource, we need to conserve it wisely. When it rains the water could not be used properly. In such cases, you can devise a rain water harvesting system for your house, which would collect the water during the rain and recycle it to be used for gardening, bathroom and other cleaning needs of the house.From HVAC to water conservation, a precast house can work wonders for you. With a prefab home, you even save ample amount of energy as the heating and cooling expenses are less. The insulated walls of the precast homes, make them less prone to weather in the outdoors, which ensures that you are safe in your cocoon.