Property owners and residents alike can benefit a lot from their unit by improving the energy performance. As a result, it contributes to the environment and public health which is perhaps a growing concern in urban development and buildings which easily consume more or less 73-percent of the energy.
It’s obvious that when energy is used more efficiently, there’s a significant reduction in the utility costs. If real estate owners pay for the energy bill, it can significantly reduce their monthly costs and likewise, if residents pay for the energy being consumed, it’ll complement to attractive living. In the end, you don’t have to replace the appliances every by and then which further saves even more.
The good news here is that you need not to tear down the entire structure and start from scratch but, simple and rightly executed retrofit strategy would bring forth all the desired changes. Here’s how retrofitting lead to effective energy efficiency of the building!
Don’t let the air escape
Significant amount of air escapes into the open in many of the buildings either from small cracks, crevices which eventually increase the heating and cooling costs. Conduct an energy audit to determine from where air might be leaking out. You can conduct a simple visual inspection or even a detailed assessment like a blower door test.
On determining the point from where you’re losing the air, properly seal and insulate the leaks whereas the most common areas include basements, vents, attics, doors and windows. A heat-shrink plastic wrap can cover the windows thus stopping the air from fleeing. Such fixes are quite inexpensive while contributes significantly to energy savings in the long-run.
Upgrade to the latest appliances
Another simple way to retrofit your studio apartment in the UAE for energy savings is investing to the modern appliances and fixtures that are more energy-efficient models. Whenever you’re ready to get the latest refrigerator, washer, dryer, water heater and other appliances, be sure they carry ‘Energy Star’ label that signifies a product which is energy-efficient.
If high budget is the problem, you can begin with smaller fixtures like light bulbs that significantly contribute to the energy savings overtime. Bulbs and lights that are ‘Energy Star’-certified consume less than 90% energy and last almost 25-times longer. So the next time when your bulb diffuses, have it replaced with an LED labelled as ‘Energy Star’.
Redesign for energy
If the building owner has finally decided for a larger investment in energy-performance upgrades, the reward would come with extensive benefits. Deep retrofitting can reduce the cost as much as 45% with minimum savings of 15%. Larger upgrades may include swapping old windows and doors for insulated models, add green roofs and introduce exterior insulation. A more smart and comprehensive solution is replacing the doors and windows with triple-pane, insulated options that traps most of the air inside.
Adopt green building design principles that are now popular which contributes sufficiently to energy savings. Old buildings can be retrofitted to improve their energy efficiency factor thus caters to a more sustainable lifestyle.