Space efficiency refers to our use of living space at home and greatly impacts the carbon footprint of living. A couple living in a large apartment consumes more energy per person than a family of five living more densely in a smaller, less energy efficient home.
When buying or building a new home, you should carefully calculate the actual need for space and avoid unnecessary square metres. If moving is not an option, please consider the following:
- Can you reduce temperature in the vacant rooms?
- Can you combine the extra square metres to the apartment next door and sell them?
- Can you lease out the vacant room or provide accommodation for tourists?