Because the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the ideal dwelling [according to Indian tradition] has the front entrance facing east and the rear door facing west. December 13th, 2018 will be a day when millions of Indians will welcome the new year by turning their homes towards the east.
The direction we face is important because it represents renewal and beginning anew. Turning our home towards the east means that we are looking forward to a new year with hope for improvement and growth.
This custom is observed in many parts of India. In some places, such as Uttar Pradesh, people live in small houses with just one room; so the direction they face is not significant. But in larger cities and states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, or Telangana, everyone faces east. There are several reasons why this is so.
East is the direction of sunrise and sunset, and therefore of life and health. If you look up at the sky on a clear night when the stars are out, you'll see that everything around you is pointing east. That's because the earth is spinning west to east, and all the compass needles are swinging towards the east.
It is the direction you face while exiting your home if you are inside the house, in front of the entry door. You have an east-facing house if you depart the house facing east. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so this is where you should position yourself if you want to take advantage of all the sunlight during the day and not worry about overheating in the summer or freezing in the winter.
East-facing houses need more sunlight during the day than west-facing houses, because they do not get as much shade from trees or other buildings as their western counterparts do. However, since they don't get as much heat from the sun during the night, they can be cooler at night than west-facing houses.
The direction your house faces has a big impact on its energy consumption. East-facing houses use less electricity per square foot than west-facing houses because they receive more daylight hours throughout the year. However, they require more air conditioning to feel comfortable during hot summers and cold winters. West-facing houses use less air conditioning per square foot than east-facing houses because they see more sunlight per square foot during the summer months when cooling is needed most.
Location matters when it comes to energy efficiency.
The east is the most advantageous direction, according to vaastu shastra. The East represents life since the sun rises from this direction. The sun provides light and vitality to the earth, which is why east-facing homes are preferred for all types of development. The main entryway or primary gate in the east ensures good outcomes. Also, rooms with windows or doors facing east allow in more sunlight which is necessary for a healthy living environment.
People prefer houses that face east because it is believed that such dwellings will have better air quality, lower electricity bills, and warmer temperatures. Solar panels can also be placed on the roof to power devices when there's no wind or rain. Of course, these advantages come with a price tag, so if you can't afford ocean views or solar energy systems then you should consider another option.
The main advantage of an east-facing house is that it gets the morning sun while avoiding the heat of the day. This means that your house will be cooler than other directions and you'll need less heating during cold seasons.
Another advantage is that rooms away from the east will not get as much sunlight, which means that you won't feel uncomfortable sleeping in those areas during the summer months. If you can't have rooms away from the east then at least make sure that they're not directly opposite it, because in that case you'd be forced to shut out the light when you needed rest.
Homes with west-facing doors, according to Japanese house design theories, exude youth and vigor. West-facing doors are said to let energy into the dwelling. As a result, all traditional Geisha residences in Japan have their main entrance facing west.
In the United States, most new homes are built with their main entry on the south or east side of the house for privacy and natural light. However, if you want your home to be a good "energy magnet" (like many Japanese commercial buildings), then it should have its main entry on the west side of the house.
The reason for this is that solar power is most effective when the sun is high in the sky and low in the horizon. When the sun is about to go down, it becomes less powerful. However, it still has some energy at sunset and again at sunrise.
So by having your house face west you are allowing all this energy to flow into it every day throughout the year. This will help "charge" your home's energy system and make it more efficient at drawing on this free energy source.
There are other reasons to choose this direction too. If you happen to be one of the 5% of Americans who practice Shinto religion, then praying toward the west brings good luck. There are also those who believe that walking away from west creates bad luck. But whatever works for you!