Conservation Techniques for Smarter Housing


power boxes attached on wallsWhen looking at our impact on the environment, it is clear to see that in the last century we developed a habit of wasting energy and water. With the emergence of countless power hungry products such as laptops, games consoles, televisions and household gadgets there is an increased demand for more and more charging outlets which consume more and more electricity. Appliances are frequently left plugged in to charge for extended periods and are left on standby while light switches are left turned on when there is no-one in the room. This wasteful attitude towards energy consumption not only has a negative impact on household bills but also puts added strain on dwindling fuel resources. Householders must learn to take responsibility for reducing their own consumption both by actively doing what they can to limit their use and by installing and utilising new technologies that enable smarter use of resources.

There are many small ways in which we can conserve energy at home, some of which are easy to do and completely free. Turning off lights and appliances when they are not being used is the simplest thing in the world, but all adds up. Replacing traditional lightbulbs with LED energy efficient bulbs and turning down the thermostat by just a tiny amount will make no difference to your life but will help to lower your carbon footprint. Taking a shower instead of a bath, collecting rainwater for use in the garden, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth and fitting water saving devices to toilet flushes, baths, sinks and showers are just some of the ways you can conserve water.

There are, of course, many more expensive ways of reducing your carbon footprint in your existing home. Replacing single glazing with double or triple glazing and ensuring your home is fully insulated are some of the options open to those wanting to conserve energy while using a wood burning stove instead of traditional gas boilers can reduce environmental impact.

a vector illustration of the ways of using heat pumps for houses
New build properties can incorporate many energy conservation technologies into their construction. Ground-source heat pumps, underground tanks to collect rainwater, in-built triple glazing and super-insulated panels are some of the modern methods being adopted by property developers to move new homes towards the coveted A grade energy rating. Underfloor heating is another energy saving method that is commonly installed in new build properties that is around 20% more efficient than a traditional radiator system even when used without the added benefits of a ground or air heat source. Installation of bathroom suites which have a lower fill level bathtub, aerated shower systems and fitted flow restrictors can be fitted as standard. Another option is a biomass boiler with a back boiler for hot water which can be used as a central heating system in place of the traditional gas or electric heating system as a low carbon choice. Not only does this save money but can reduce emissions by up to 15,700 kg annually.