5 Steps to create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean
Moving to the Caribbean gives one the automatic option of living in harmony with nature. No, I don’t mean using large glass windows to bring outside in! We are talking about the harmony which nurtures, rebuilds and strengthens the environment that we live in.
You don’t have to attend the G2 Summit and place a vote to make your contribution – start with these simple five steps and create a Net-Zero Energy Home within the Caribbean
1. Conserve with Energy saving bulbs, timers and motion sensors
An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Timers and motion sensors save you even more money by reducing the amount of time lights are on but not being used.
For indoor lighting you have many choices in energy-efficient lighting. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.
2. Harvest Rainwater and purify for consumption
Rainwater harvesting is a simple low-cost technique that requires minimum specific expertise or knowledge and offers many benefits such as drinking water purposes and washing purposes. The most common technique is small-scale rooftop rainwater harvesting: rainwater is collected on the roof and transported with gutters to a storage reservoir, where it provides water at the point of consumption. Using rainwater for drinking purposes will require purification, methods used are Filtration and UV Treatment, Chlorine, Iodine, Solar pasteurization or boiling the water.
3. Septic tank, not relying on public sewer
A septic tank is a key component of the septic system, a small-scale sewage treatment system common in areas with no connection to main sewage pipes provided by local governments or private corporations, without using the public sewer you are able to process your household waste. This type of technique is hardly used in urban areas due to space constrains.
4. Solar Photovoltaic and Wind turbines
Renewable energy is clean, affordable, domestic, and effectively infinite. Photovoltaic solar technology uses photovoltaic cells (PV) to convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV cells are made of semiconductors and can provide large amounts of power for the electric grid, however if no battery is installed for storage when the sun is gone no power will be generated.
Wind turbine is another source of renewable energy; Wind is air in motion caused by natural factors like the uneven heating of the earth’s surface by the sun, the rotation of the earth and the irregularities of the earth’s surface. Wind energy has been used for centuries to move ships, pump water and grind grain. In the twentieth century, windmills were commonly used across the Great Plains to pump water and to generate electricity.
5. Use more natural lighting instead of artificial
Embrace natural light, open up the curtains and let the sun shine in! Using natural light whenever possible instead of relying on artificial light can greatly reduce the amount of electricity your household consume during the day.
Lighting includes the use of both artificial light sources like lamps and light fixtures, as well as natural illumination by capturing daylight. Daylight using windows, skylights, or light shelves. This requires thoughtful building design techniques; this will provide a much healthier living space for you and your family.
Some of these techniques can be implemented even if you have already finished building your home. Start now
you will save money and the world.
If you are considering constructing a net zero energy home – contact Architectural Plans Online and they will work along with you and produce detail construction drawings for your net zero energy home.Share this article on