In today’s society, a key concern is clean, renewable energy and being energy efficient. This expands to many facets of life as we learn the dangerous effects of greenhouse gases and harmful emissions. Although it’s common to think of emissions via vehicles and factories, your home is no different. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of these same energy considerations when you’re ready to build your new home.
Building codes are becoming more efficient, but many homebuilders still do the bare minimum when it comes to building in efficiency. For this reason, it’s important to do our part by ensuring we choose a homebuilder that ensures energy efficiency is built into their new homes. As more and more homes are being built each day, this is an important factor, since building energy efficiency into homes is better than fixing up an old inefficient home. This may lead to a higher initial cost, but it will not only save you money down the road on your energy bills, but it will also reduce your carbon footprint. According to this infographic from Energy Star, each certified home reduces greenhouse gases 3,700 lbs per year. That provides a very effective way to protect our environment from continued harm.
Protecting our environment isn’t the only benefit to an efficient home, however, as this is a multi-faceted solution. Building efficiency into a new home can also reduce the existence of harmful pollutants and in turn improve our health and quality of life. Much of our time is spent indoors in the comfort of our own home. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to make that space as efficient as possible, which also in turn protects our own bodies from harmful pollutants? This sounds like a win-win and a solution that more and more Americans should consider.
As home energy audits become commonplace with the inspection of homes, yet another benefit of an efficient home arises. Building a home efficient from the start can protect and increase the value of the home. If you do someday need to move from your home, you can rest easy knowing that your energy efficient home will test positively, and in turn will hold it’s value better than other less efficient homes.
There are many considerations when designing your energy efficient home. A few of the key considerations include roofing, insulation, and windows. These are the areas that make a big difference when building a new energy efficient home. With roofing, the key consideration is reflective surfaces that bounce the heat of the sun away and maintain cool throughout the home. Insulation is another factor because it does the opposite and helps keep the warmth of your house inside the house. Energy efficient windows are also very important as they can not only block heat and cool from entering the home, but also keep the heat and cool you want inside the home. These are a few of the things you’ll want to discuss with your chosen homebuilder to ensure an energy efficient home. There are many more features that lead to an efficient home, the important thing is getting the conversation started before building a new home.
When deciding on your dream home, forget about the perfect floors or cabinets for a second and take the environment into consideration. There are many easy ways we can all do our part in protecting the environment, and your place of residence is no exception.