Are concerns about the state of the environment driving your choice when it comes to buying a home? Is saving money a bigger priority at this point? No matter what your answer, a high-performance house can deliver on your expectations. And, no matter what your answer, you will accomplish both goals – and then some! Incorporating energy efficient home ideas into your design and purchase plans is a smart cost-saving, fuel-sipping move.
Enjoying Energy Efficient Homes
Homes that are newer and certified by Energy Star use 20 percent less energy than homes that were built according to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. This is true even when those new homes are larger. In fact, while the size of new homes increased by an average of 30 percent, efficiency increased.
Now we know that when you are searching for a home, you want to think about the exciting features. The backyard. The patio. The spacious great room, the extra bedroom that can double as a home office. The fully equipped kitchen that any chef would love. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice any of this for efficiency. And reducing your energy consumption and costs will surely help make your house truly feel like home.
Heating, cooling, and lighting your home are significant expenses; in fact, behind the mortgage, these costs will eat up a large position of your budget. Energy efficient homes have traditionally cost more because materials and techniques were more price-intensive. This is no longer the case, however.
You can find very accessible energy efficient home models that meet your budget. Additionally, you will enjoy savings that go on into the future. Every month, you’ll feel the wisdom of your decision in your wallet! Should you decide to sell, your resale value will also increase.
Top green builders integrate energy efficient home ideas into each and every model. These include:
- A tight thermal envelope. Elements such as the roof, outer walls, windows, doors, and insulation are designed and incorporated to ensure that heat transfer and cool air transfer are minimized.
- Energy Star rated appliances. These appliances do not cost any more than their standard counterparts, but they can save you up to $100 per year. If you include all of your appliances (e.g. dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, etc.), this can add up.
- Strategic landscaping. While not always within the purview of builders, landscaping can have a big impact on your energy usage. For example, trees and shrubs can absorb heat and keep it from infiltrating your home in the hot summer months.
- Window placement. When your windows are positioned optimally, you can take full advantage of natural light, cutting your electricity bill. You can also cut your cooling costs by ensuring the brutal sun is not beating into your home for 12 hours a day, every day… all summer.
- Installing low-flow toilets and showerheads. We waste a great deal of water each and every day. With these low-flow options, you won’t miss out on any comforts or conveniences while you are conserving water.
- Smart technology. From programmable thermostats to LED lights, these small additions will make a big impact.
There are, of course, many more energy efficient home ideas that will minimize your environmental impact, cut consumption, and reduce costs. Ask your home builder how they can help you achieve your goals.
We specialize in building high-performance, energy efficient homes that fit within your budget. If you want to move into a house that offers all the comfort and convenience of home, contact our team today.