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As the
pollution of our planet increases every day, more and more organisations are
fighting to stop the pollution and “go green”. Building “green” is all about
energy efficiency, its proper using and proper spending. Having a house which
saves you a lot of energy every day pays of on the long run, and it is also a
very interesting thing to get energy from renewable sources. There is a big
difference between regular houses and the “green” ones, especially when it
comes to energy sources. Listed below are the steps you should take in order to
turn your house into an energy saver.

 The
Planning Phase

Your
current building has room for improvement, whether you see it or not. It can be
modified with certain retrofits which will come as an energy saving solution.
To start off, conduct an energy audit in the presence of your contractor. Once this is
done, the contractor will give you a better insight into what can be done to
improve your house’s energy spending. Once you have everything market out and
visualized, check your budget and act accordingly by improving the critical
points first.

Set Your Goals towards Energy Savings

You cannot
aim towards improving your house if you do not have set goals. Once you clearly
define the things you want to achieve and the things you want to improve on and
in your house, you can start investing money into your house. Keep in mind that
everything you do increases yourproperty value,
and even if you decide to sell the house, you profit might double or even
triple. For starters, dream big and act small, transform part by part and your
house will be upgraded into an energy-saving platform.

Find the Core of the Energy-leaking Problems

Usually,
heat escapes the house in 2 usual ways: by conduction or convection. When it
comes to conduction, the heat will flow through material right outside.
Insulating the walls might help solve this problem. Also, consider a floor
which is less heat-conductive. As for the convection, the best way of
preserving heat is by upgrading your windows. Single glazed windows are
inefficient energy savers, since they cool the air much faster than their
better version, the double glazed windows.

Install Double Glazing to Save Even More Energy

Believe it
or not, but having a proper double glazing can reduce
your energy spending to a minimum, save you a lot of money and protect you from
a cruel cold in the harsh winter days. All you have to do is replace your old
windows with double-glazed ones and be a proud contributor to the energy saving
society. The key is to control the amount of energy you create and the amount
of energy you “throw away” through the gaps, cracks, small holes, crevices and
old glass. Once you take care of the windows, your energy saving will increase
by 28 percent.

Other
Things to Consider

Once you are done sealing and insulating
your house, all which is left is to think about the ventilation system. The air
quality is very important, and all this insulation will definitely affect it to
certain extent. Make sure your insulation is properly installed, for false
insulations can cause pockets of wet environment which can later invoke mould
problems. In the end, it all comes down to choosing your insulation material,
for some are greener than others. For instance, fiberglass takes a lot of
energy to be produced, while cellulose is made from recycled newspapers.
Consider these facts and thing how “green” do you want to go. In addition to
this, you should look into eco-friendlyways to cool down your home.

Now that you have all the information you
need, it is time to start thinking about your house and all the energy saving
retrofits which are soon to be placed in it. Know your goals and stick to them,
determine your budget and your green house will unfold in front of you. One
thing is for sure – energy retrofitting is an investment, not an expense.