Roving Spotlight: Energy Efficiency
Tiny houses are inherently energy efficient solely because they are so small and require less resources than the standard home to maintain. However, we recommend the including the following features into your tiny house build to make them even more efficient.
Windows: If possible, only select windows that meet or exceed EnergyStar standards. For maximum performance and energy savings look for Solarban60 Low-E glass.
Lighting: Residential LEDs, especially EnergyStar rated products, use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting
Appliances: EnergyStar appliances will save you 10% to 50% of the energy required, depending on the comparison model. If possible, buy any appliances you are putting in your tiny house EnergyStar certified. This includes your refrigerator and cooktop,
Water Heater: Tankless water heaters are often disregarded because of their price tag. However, this is one item that you should splurge on. Space and weight limits are at a premium in tiny houses, a standard water tank will only take up those precious resources. And luckily, because you live in a tiny house, you can purchase a smaller unit than what you would need in a standard size home.
House Wrap: House wrap does multiple things for your home. It protects your home from moisture, which helps its insulation work better. It also keeps the heat and humidity out in the summer and warm air in during the winter. This will keep your heating and cooling costs down and prolong the life of your HVAC system by lightening its workload.
Insulation: Fiberglass insulation helps make buildings more thermally efficient by better retaining the desired temperature and it offers design flexibility so you can install greater amounts where needed.
As you can see, there are a lot of effortless options for making your (tiny) home more energy efficient. Contact us if you are interested in building your own!