ECO TIPS: FIVE IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME RENOVATION
Wednesday 17 June 2020
When it comes to renovating your home, it is really important to think about sustainability. Both technology and legislation are supportive of making existing buildings more green – and at UniCredit Subito Casa you can find plenty of ideas! Let's have a look at five ideas for your home renovation
Recovering part of the energy we use could be the first step to make our home greener. A condensing boiler reuses part of the thermal energy contained in exhaust gases, thus leading to energy savings and economic efficiencies. And there’s more good news: by reducing the emission of harmful pollutants, this technology generates a double advantage for the environment.
A heat pump is like a reverse refrigerator – instead of removing internal heat from the house, it channels the heat from the outside into your home, thereby producing more than half of the energy required to heat a house. By combining this technology with solar / photovoltaic panels, you could be self-sufficient in terms of your heating needs without relying on external sources.
These technologies have already proved their effectiveness as a clean and renewable source of energy. Both achieve the same – turning sun rays into electric energy – but solar and photovoltaic panels have different purposes. The solar panels convert solar energy into thermal that can be used to heat the house or water, while the latter aims to produce electricity, which can be used for anything you desire – even charging your phone!
This very interesting and easy to install “plug & play” product is a relatively new invention. The micro-photovoltaic panel setup does not require any modification to your home’s electrical system: you just need a standard single-phase 220V socket! The main objective of this technology is to produce energy to cover electricity needs of household appliances such as a 55 inch TV or a fridge. Typically, about 80 to 90 per cent of the electricity produced by the panel is consumed by the appliance immediately, but you can also connect an accumulation device which transfers the surplus of energy to the electricity grid – the same as for normal-sized photovoltaic panels!
This technology transforms walls into accumulators of heat/cold depending on your needs. Buildings are covered with an insulating layer and a “thermal plaster” is placed below it. This can maintain your home’s temperature between 25°C and 30°C, as well as prevent heat loss. Coils in which hot or cold water circulates are controlled by an automatic system.