We explore all the ways in which low-energy building can help you to save on your energy bills, now and in the future.
Low-energy building is more than just a construction technique. It’s a movement. It’s a commitment to and investment in sustainability. It’s a pledge to forego conventional construction techniques and incorporate energy-saving technologies into the very fabric. At Econekt, we strongly believe in the power of low-energy construction, and it is built into the very DNA of everything we do. With time, we believe the techniques inherent in this unique form of construction could become as commonplace as the things we take for granted in construction today like double-glazed windows and cavity wall insulation.
A low-energy build is twice as energy-efficient as current construction standards, using around 15 kWh per square meter per year. Here, we’re going to shine a spotlight on all the ways you could save on energy bills with this innovative construction method.
Conventional construction allows for lots of joins, corners and nooks into which air can escape and draughts can leak in. Even with a fortune spent on insulation, a conventionally built home pales in comparison to a low-energy or Passivhaus build.
A low-energy and Passivhaus home is aided by a within each of the construction elements. Construction aims to be thermal bridge-free, meaning that there are no geometric junctions between walls, floors and ceilings where heat loss typically occurs in conventionally built homes. They also use thermally broken windows to ensure that heat energy from the sun is maximised while heat loss is drastically reduced.
Utilising occupants, appliances and natural air flow
Another thing that makes low-energy construction unique is the way in which it eschews conventional methods of heating.
The use of a mechanical ventilation system that harnesses the natural power of warm air currents and aids efficient heat recovery is crucial to a low energy build. Glazing and orientation are also carefully considered in order to maximise incoming sunlight and make the most of the free heat energy coming from the sun.
Saving with the right energy plan
Low-energy building is all about using innovative techniques to reduce energy use and save on energy bills. But in a low-energy building, as in any house, you’re still reliant on energy from the grid. While a low-energy build results in less spending on grid energy, you would still benefit from speaking to the team at Switch-Plan about how to save on your energy bills by changing supplier and tariff. The Switch-Plan team can save the average household around £300 per year on their energy bills just by switching regularly.
Interested to see how Econekt can make your low-energy self-build dreams come true? Get in touch with one of our highly experienced specialists today