One of the components of creating a tight building envelope is to ensure good moisture management throughout the exterior of the home.
Moisture management plays two roles for the home. First, it helps prevent water from infiltrating the home due to rain, wind and ice. Moisture management will also help prevent condensation and moisture from building up inside the home.
When there is no air infiltration, the differences in temperature and humidity between the interior and exterior of the home may lead to condensation and moisture build up in the interior walls. Over time, this can lead to problems like wood rot and mold growth. So, when creating an energy efficient home with a tight building envelope, it is equally important to implement a moisture management system through the use of continuous foam sheathing or a vapor permeable weather resistant barrier.
Lighting is also one of the biggest sources of energy usage in the home. Natural light should be used whenever possible, and a home design should incorporate plenty of options for daylighting.
For artificial lighting, using LED light fixtures can help you reduce your energy usage by up to $300 each year when replacing standard incandescent bulbs and fixtures.
6. Energy Saving Appliances
Never underestimate how much switching to energy saving appliances throughout the home can save you, too. Any appliance that gets regular use, from kitchen appliances to hot water heaters to HVAC systems, come in several grades of efficiency.
Choosing both the right size appliance and selecting a model rated for efficiency will produce a significant reduction in energy usage in the home each year.
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