How To Make A Container House Energy-Efficient
The world of shipping container houses is growing. More and more people are learning about the benefits of reusing and recycling shipping containers into something totally new. But for some potential buyers, questions remain, including: Is it possible to make a container house energy-efficient?
Answer: Absolutely. In fact, creating an eco-friendly container home is easier than you might think. And in the United States, the popularity of container homes is growing, meaning that huge amounts of these homes are sprouting up in many American cities.
First of all, the decision to turn an unused shipping container into a living space is already an energy-efficient choice. That’s because you’re taking advantage of our capacity and ability to recycle the old into the new. With all the housing options and building materials out there, building a home out of a repurposed shipping/storage container is fundamentally a good environmental decision. Every time a container home is built, that’s another win for Mother Nature.
Second, whatever energy-efficient systems are in place in a quote-unquote “regular” home can also be utilized in a container home. Many of these systems work at peak efficiency since container homes are smaller than typical dwellings.
Finally, there are methods of energy conservation that are exclusive to shipping container homes.
Let’s take a closer look.
Rethink, Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Refurbish …
Despite the increasing popularity of container homes, many people probably still think of them as dark, unwelcoming boxes, unfit for human habitation.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Shipping containers can be designed and fashioned into any number of interesting and comfortable living spaces. Far from being just a box, container homes can contain all the amenities you’re accustomed to in a traditional home: windows and doors, dining rooms, lofts — you name it!
As more and more people discover the benefits of container home living, these perks will become more apparent. Rethinking our methods of habitation is key to providing more housing for those who need it and helping save the planet from unnecessary overconsumption.
The Basics Of Eco-Friendly Container Living
The tried-and-true methods of energy and resource conservation work just as well — sometimes better! — in a container home. Solar panels, low-flush toilets and showerheads, ceiling fans, tankless water heaters, LEDs, proper insulation … All the things that make an ordinary home energy-efficient can be utilized in a container home. Plus, the smaller living space can make these methods even more productive — saving you even more energy!
Shipping Container Homes And Energy-Efficiency
Every square foot of a container home has the potential to save on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. After all, the square footage of a container home is smaller than most homes; most of them are between 160 square feet and 320 square feet. With less space to heat in the winter and cool in the summer, it’s no wonder that these cozy living spaces can really rack up the energy savings.
Container homes take less time to set up than traditional homes. This also saves energy costs from the outset. And with so many shipping containers sitting unused throughout the world, creating new homes out of them is also energy efficient in a way that other types of housing can never be.
At Container Stop, we have the tools, the expertise, and the know-how to modify a shipping container to your exact specifications. Browse our website for ideas, and if you don’t see something that piques your interest, let us know! If we can safely modify our containers to fit your needs, we’ll do it.
For more information, please contact us. We look forward to working with you. Together we can create something truly unique: a living space that conforms to and expresses your personality — and does a good job of helping the environment along the way.
Call Container Stop today!