Becoming more energy efficient is at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days. And while there are many small things you can do in a home, such as turning off lights and taking shorter showers, to be more energy efficient, true energy efficiency lies in the construction of the home itself. And because going green and becoming more energy efficient is becoming more and more popular, so too is the construction of energy efficient homes. But just what do energy efficient homes feature that make them as such?
2 x 6 Walls
These measurements are the measurements of the lumber that is used in the framing of a new home. Using 2 x 6 lumber leaves more room for insulation, meaning that the home will stay warmer in the colder months and that it will use less gas or electricity for heating purposes.
This is material that does literally wrap around the insulation and the frame of the house. It’s a barrier that keeps the cold out, and the warmth in. So this too cuts down on the amount of energy the home uses.
Solar panels capture the sun’s rays during the day and convert them to energy in the form of heat, therefore heating the home. Using solar panels is one of the most popular ways of building energy efficient homes, and they can be placed anywhere that receives direct sunlight, such as on the roof.
There are tons of ways that homes can become more energy efficient. But starting with the building process is one great way to make sure the home is as energy efficient as it can possibly be!295b