New construction: a surprisingly low energy bill. But living also takes some getting used toMarch 25th 2020
All new build homes are energy efficient, and one is even more energy efficient than the other. In addition to the climate and your living comfort, this is also good for your wallet: after all, your energy bill can turn out surprisingly low. But then you have to get rid of certain habits, writes information platform Bewust Nieuwbouw . Living in an energy-efficient house is therefore also a matter of getting used to.
Gain experience with very energy-efficient new construction
Conscious New Construction lets Johan Riezebos have the floor. Riezebos works for construction and real estate company Ter Steege, which has built three rows of six rental properties in Almelo. In the first row, the houses still have a standard boiler (so natural gas), in the second row a hybrid system is installed (with a boiler and an air heat pump) and the third row consists of energy-efficient zero-on-the-meter houses. Those houses have no gas connection and run entirely on solar energy. The project is intended to gain practical experience with energy-efficient living. That experience came quickly. Already in the first period, the energy consumption and thus the energy bill for a number of residents of the zero-on-the-meter homes turned out to be higher than expected. “Sometimes the energy bill was very high compared to that of the neighbors,” said Riezebos in an interview with Bewust Nieuwbouw. “This was reason for us to see how this could happen.”
Behavior at least as important as technical solutions
An investigation into the causes revealed that energy-efficient living is not just about technical solutions, such as heat pumps, solar panels, heat recovery and balance ventilation. People's behavior is just as important. “We found out that residents of an energy-efficient house sometimes stick to old habits,” said Riezebos. “One of the residents literally said that he always turned the heating down when he went out. His mother had taught him that. But you should n't do that in these houses. It made us realize that we have to spend even more time giving instructions to new residents. ”
Do not lower the temperature, not even airing for fresh air
Unlike in a house with a boiler, it is important in a house with a heat pump to keep the temperature fairly constant. It is therefore not the intention to lower the temperature when you go to sleep or when you leave your house. This also applies to the habit of regularly airing your home by opening the windows. This is also not the intention in very energy-efficient homes. After all, a ventilation system has been installed for this. “People who say they are used to airing their house will notice that they have lost all heat. It will then take a while before the house has warmed up again.”
Read the article 'Technology and behavior determine your energy bill' on Bewust Nieuwbouw, with interesting links to more information.
Low energy costs, but also a lot of living comfort
If people unlearn their old habits, which is not very complicated, a very energy-efficient house not only yields very low (or even no) energy costs. It is also good for the climate and the environment, and it is very comfortable. The houses are airtight, so you will not experience drafts or so-called 'cold falls'. The indoor air is also healthy, thanks to the balance ventilation. And whether you have enough hot water to shower? Certainly, Riezebos knows. This is simply related to the size of the boiler barrel.
Read article 'Very energy efficient house is comfortable but also getting used to' on Bewust Nieuwbouw, with interesting links to more information.