When we were planning the build of Our DIY House, we knew right from day one that we wanted to build as “smartly” and as energy efficiently as possible. Since we were moving from an 880 square foot house to a 2000+ square foot house, we needed to make sure that we wouldn’t be paying an massive amount of money on our energy bills.
Here are some of the things we did when we built our house to ensure that it was super-efficient and uber smart! We did spend a little extra money initially on some of these things, but MAN are we happy that our house bills are hardly any bigger than what we were paying in a house 1/3 of the size!
We use compact florescent light bulbs and LED light bulbs.
They last a long time and use less power to run than traditional bulbs.
We use smart thermostats.
Our Nest thermostat is programmable, it keeps track of our heating habits and can adjust accordingly, and we can access it from our phones and tablets. It’s really neat and saves us a lot of time and money!
We insulated with spray foam.
Our spray foam insulation is eco-friendly (it’s soy-based) and it insulates far better than traditional pink insulation.
We installed high quality windows.
We chose to go with triple pane, double glazed, argon filled windows. They’re slightly more expensive than other kinds, but they lock out the cold and intense heat so that our house doesn’t have to work as hard to heat and cool.
We installed in-floor heating.
Our house is heated by a boiler system that heats water and pumps it through pipes under our floor. Not only does this heat feel wonderful on the tootsies, but it’s far more efficient than a forced-air heating system.
We have dual flush toilets.
Our toilets are the dual flush kind, so you can choose to use more or less water depending on your needs. We waste far less water this way!
If you’re interested in having an energy efficient home like ours, Direct Energy is committed to helping their customers build a smarter home and thus cut down on their energy usage – saving the customer time and money. Currently they’re offering the opportunity for anyone to learn more about creating a smarter home by visiting their Facebook page. For customers living in Alberta, Canada they offer the Comfort & Control Plan. This 5-year dual fuel plan includes a fixed rate for your Alberta electricity (which won’t change for 5 years!) and flex-through Alberta natural gas with the security of a winter cap plus a Nest Learning Thermostat. Click here for the details.
Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post, and encouraging me to share tips for a smarter home!