Energy efficient homes in Baja Sur, Mexico

Date: 11/06/2014

Efficient and low impact homes in Rancho Sotol

Efficient home design combines state-of-the-art, energy-efficient construction, appliances, and lighting with commercially available renewable energy systems, such as solar water heating and solar electricity. Taking advantage of the local climate and conditions, designers can incorporate passive solar heating and cooling, and energy-efficient landscaping strategies (such as: Provide shade to cool roofs, walls, and windows, Allow summer winds to access naturally cooled homes, and Block or deflect winds away from air-conditioned homes. The intent is to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible, and then meet the reduced requirements with on-site renewable energy systems. 

Energy consumption in the desert can be quite high if a home not intelligently designed to work with climate factors or if appliances are not energy efficient. In the desert resources are limited and saving some money in construction materials or design by an expert can be a very costly mistake in the long run.

Passive cooling systems are always a smart way to cool a home on summer time, most homes well designed don’t even have the need for an A/C, even on the hot summer days of Baja. 

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