Building Energy Efficiency

Written by Courtney Salinas
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How energy efficient a building is depends on many different factors, from construction to light bulbs. Every little part of your building adds up to an efficient or inefficient building. Being painfully meticulous about conserving electricity won't be as effective if your insulation is poorly installed and your walls are filled with cracks that the outside air can infiltrate. Every bit of your building matters.

Protecting Your Building

One of the most important issues in building energy efficiency is the building envelope, or all the elements that envelop the building. This includes doors, windows, the roof, the floor, and insulation. These different pieces of your building determine how protected it is from the elements. Improving your building envelope can be as simple as weather stripping a door or as complex as replacing insulation.

A good place to start to make your building more efficient is with the windows. Make sure you have windows that are appropriate for your climate. If you're in a hot climate, try windows tinted with special screens that let sunlight in while reducing the influx of heat. If you're in a cold climate, invest in storm windows, which will keep your heat in and keep the cold out.

Conserving Water

As you try to maintain building energy efficiency, look to your building's water usage. Installing low flow toilets, faucets, and shower heads can make a big difference in the amount of water your building uses. Purchasing energy efficient clothes washers and dishwashers can cut down on water and energy use.

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