More and more people are interested in what their options are in a sustainable environment. Not only is our climate changing as are our laws and rules that very much concern everything we do: energy and consumption go hand in hand. This new monthly Energy Column is designed to inform you of all the latest developments, rules and regulations, tips and tricks as a guideline to help you better understand all your options and obligations.
The Paris Climate summit kick-started a change to our lifestyle in order to preserve our world, for us and our children. The EU regulations will change our way of living within just a few years.
2017: This year all conventional pumps like pool pumps need to be variable speed pumps in order to be more efficient and reduce co² emissions.
2018: Only a year from now all new commercial buildings need to be close to zero emissions.
2020: Two years from now, all new domestic buildings need to be close to zero emissions.
What does this all mean?
Photovoltaic systems, battery storage, solar water heating, insulation, LED, water production and other new techniques will become the key to reduce emissions, and our homes and buildings need to comply with these new guidelines.
But what about the existing homes?
If the seller already needs to put an A, B, C “label” on it to recognise the energetic quality of the property, will these new regulations force existing homes to find a way to compensate?
For example, when I cannot insulate my home better, do I have to make up for it by installing a solar hot water system or PV panels, or change all my lights to LED to save 90% on lighting costs?
So why is being sustainable so much better?
Needless to say, you will be saving a lot of money, especially in a country where energy is one of the most expensive in Europe.
Electricity prices more than doubled in the last 10 years.
Heating water for domestic use is very expensive due to the high cost of gas and electric.
Heating or cooling a badly insulated home will cost much more. Damp homes have mould and not only do you pay more to keep them warm they are also very unhealthy to live in.
The cost of living is very much underestimated and this is a big part of your bill.
With 320 days of sunshine, the Algarve is the best region in Europe to produce free solar power.
■ Do we know where to obtain all the information and equipment to make our homes more energy efficient?
■ Where can I get these services?
■ Does my architect know about these new regulations?
■ Can my engineer calculate all the specifications needed?
■ Who are the experts and how to get them together to discuss my needs?
In this new column, the team of experts from Sustainable Superstore will provide independent information to guide you along the “sustainable” path.
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