What exactly are green homes? Those built with eco-friendly materials? Or are they homes built with an energy-efficient floor plan? What impact does a green home have on your wallet? Do green homes save you money? You have questions about green homes; we have answers!
Green homes share the following characteristics:
This is where everything starts. The interior flow should help to contain energy. For instance, taking advantage of natural light is both healthier for your family and helps you reduce artificial light use – lowering your energy costs. An energy-efficient floor plan can also encompass the exterior: Shade on the east and west sides, for example, helps keep the house cool and save on cooling bills.
The materials the home is built with should be non-toxic. This is safer for your family and the surrounding environment. A healthy family is also a cost-saving family!
Insulation should be both non-toxic and efficient for energy conservation. This makes a big difference in keeping the cool air in and the hot air out, or vice versa on those rare Florida days that get chilly. It should also be installed professionally: Even a small gap in insulation can create significant energy loss, so make sure you work with a builder with extensive experience in green homes.
Windows and doors that are Energy Star rated help provide extra insulation. Windows with multiple panes and Low-E glass can effectively block harmful UV rays, as well as regulate the home’s internal temperature.
Inside, choosing heating and cooling, lights, appliances, and water systems with Energy Star ratings helps you conserve energy and further reduce your energy bills.
What we’ve described is already a green home. You can go even further if you wish. Renewables are more accessible than ever before, with solar panels coming in all shapes and sizes. You might even want to look into a rainwater collection system.
All of these factors contribute to large energy savings. Project these savings over years, and you can be saving thousands – these design choices pay for themselves very quickly, contribute to long-term savings, and help a home build value faster and hold it better over time.
Interested in learning more about the difference between building green homes and energy-efficient homes? Give us a call; we’re happy to help!