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Many people prefer the benefits of living in a double storey house. Two storey house gives more living space in the same piece of land, which makes it ideal for big families. You also get more privacy, better separation between various areas of the house, and better looks due to stairs. However, these two storey houses are energy consuming units that can generate huge power bills. Therefore, you should use latest technology to reduce energy consumption of your double storey house.
These sensors detect your presence in a room and offer light control according to your presence. Therefore, if you enter the room that has occupancy sensor, then you don’t have to press the light button go power on the lights and they start automatically. However, when you leave this sensor turns off the light automatically after some time. This sensor uses ultrasonic or infrared technology to help you save energy, as there is no-way that you can leave the lights on when you are not using it.
A vacancy sensor works exactly like an occupancy sensor, with the only difference that you have to switch-on the lights manually when you enter the room and the switch-off function is controlled by vacancy sensors. Therefore, these sensors are suitable for places like bedrooms, and in houses that have pets. However, they make sure that the lights don’t stay switched on, if there is nobody in the room.
Rooftop and Balcony Gardens
Although it may not be the most obvious energy saver, a rooftop or balcony garden can help reduce energy use and costs, whilst also providing a relaxing way to spend time. Rooftop gardens can help both with insulation in the winter, and replacing warm air with cool in warmer, humid weather. Add to this the benefits of using your garden for herbs and other usefuly plants, and a rooftop garden can be an extremely energy-efficient home improvement.
You should stuff the attic or walls with insulation to make sure that your house is more energy efficient. Using insulation materials like cellulose, foam, or fiberglass, would make sure that rate of heat flowing out of the house in winter and into the house in summer, is low. Therefore, your house needs less amount of energy to heat during winter and keep cool during summer.
Energy Efficient Doors and Windows
Installing energy efficient doors and windows usually seem an expensive task. However, this is a one-time investment you make that gives you its rewards for many years to come. By installing these doors and windows you can save up to 25 of your home energy bills. Therefore, if you are living in two storey house, you should upgrade your doors and windows. They will pay for your investment in the years to come.
Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
There are several ways with which you can reduce your energy footprint, but the most efficient way is selecting efficient heating and cooling systems. For all type of heating systems like baseboard heaters, water-based heaters, and central heating, you should use solar energy panels to power them. In the same way air conditioning is not the most efficient way of cooling system. An efficient cooling system uses a combination of ventilation, shading, weathering, and insulation. This is the best way to cool your home even in the hottest of weathers.
Making your house energy efficient not only saves you money, but it also helps you in reducing your carbon footprint and thus contribute to save the environment. With reduced energy bills you can easily enjoy the advantages of living in a two storey house, and reducing its drawbacks. The tips given above would surely help you in making your house more energy efficient.
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