Home is that restful space, where we can relax on the sofa at the end of a busy day. Wouldn’t the knowledge that you are taking care of your community and your pocket, make this all the more enjoyable?
A sustainable home is a happy home for many a reason. Admittedly, the reduced energy costs would probably top the list of appeal for many of us, but the bright design, clever layout and well-lit surroundings of an energy efficient home, work wonderfully together to establish a comfortable home for the whole family. With the popularity of solar panels on the rise and an abundance of energy efficient resources at our finger tips, it is increasingly easy to create a home with the sustainability factor.
Solar panels are the obvious way to create an energy efficient home. They have been growing in popularity over the years, as more and more of us have begun to overlook the aesthetics and reap the financial rewards, with a boost of ethical morals. Solar panels follow the very simple principle of optimising the natural source of solar power and use this to supply our homes with energy, this energy can run our household appliances and generate warm water. The government backs this approach, using all reserves to power other supplies around the country, for which they provide you with an income. This reusable source is a step in the right direction for our bid to create a healthier environment, scroll to the bottom of the page for a few interesting facts about solar power.
Sustainability is not just about investing in solar panels. ‘Passive’ solar supply, as the term is known, takes a common sense approach to optimising the solar resources your home is naturally exposed to, by manipulating the flow of heat through arranging the layout of your home accordingly. Through this process, you aim to preserve heat where you are exposed to the most sun, and thus reducing the need to switch the heating on.
Bringing together both style and substance, the owners of this character property in Farnborough have sympathetically brought this three bedroom home up to date for modern living, establishing a sustainable home at the same time. Solar panels have been a driving force for reducing energy costs here, whilst the sunny southerly aspect of the home has been optimised to absorb as much of the day’s heat as possible. With the majority of the sun hitting the rear of the property, the extended home has created an open plan kitchen dining space to allow the heat to flow through the home.
Clever use of skylights and French doors have been used here to absorb as much natural heat as possible. Much care and attention has gone into this living space, which would quite rightly form the heart of the home. Warm neutral tones complement the kitchen to create a welcoming living space, enhanced further by the wood work surfaces and modern units. This sociable open plan arrangement is amiable and gracious, introducing a casual living space that would be great for entertaining as well as daily family life. Raised decking adjoins the dining area, presenting a great spot to enjoy the sunny aspect of the home.
Solar Power Facts
- Enough sunlight falls on the earth every hour to meet the world’s energy demand for a whole year.
- Spacecrafts and space stations such as the International Space Station (ISS) often use solar panels to generate power.
- At the end of 2012, Germany had installed considerably more solar power capacity per capita than any other country .
- An average 3kW system consists of 12 solar photovoltaic panels, requiring approximately 21m2 of roof space. A system of this size would produce 2550kWh of electricity annually which is about ½ of an average households electricity requirements.
- 75 million barrels of oil and 35 million tons of carbon dioxide are saved by solar panel users annually.
- In the UK, most panels are tilted at 15° or more, so often have the additional benefit of being cleaned by rainfall to ensure optimal performance.
- Solar panels harness energy from the day to use later at night.
- Although solar panels are more effective on a brighter and sunnier day, they can still produce energy on a cloudy day.
- Solar tiles are an alternative to the large PV panels and are designed to be used in place of ordinary roof tiles.