If you are fortunate enough to be building a new home, why not do it right and do it smart? Sounds exciting, right? Well, being smart can mean several things, but one of the most important and least thought about is making your new home smart with energy efficient strategies on mind.
Most new homeowners don’t recognize that they have the power and the potential to build their homes in an energy efficient way until after it’s too late. Once you move in to your new home, of course, you can adopt new strategies to make it even more energy efficient, but there are certain things you can do from the point of origin to make it the greenest home you can.
Natural Light Placement
If you are building a new home, it’s important to take into consideration the natural light placement of the sun. For starters, it’s lovely to build your home in such a way where you can fully take advantage of the placement of the sun’s natural light, placing the windows where they'll benefit you the most. But that's not all. The placement of the sun’s natural light also allows you an additional benefit. You get to utilize the south-facing benefits of the sun to consider whether solar panels are right for your home. The use of solar panels may be a bit more costly, but it will save you tons of money in the end.
Seal the Deal
The best way to keep your home energy efficient is to keep your house free from drafts. Many homeowners take care to get their homes properly air sealed every winter. However, if you are building your own home from the ground up, make certain you take the time to inquire about properly sealing your home. Sealing your home from the beginning saves you time, energy and, money every year.
Windows and Doors
While you might be tempted to buy windows and doors according to your taste and style, don’t forget the number one most important thing when purchasing them – energy efficiency. Besides the energy efficiency they provide, windows provide a lot of value when it comes to the market value of your home. So while it might seem as though you are expending more money, you are actually increasing the value of your home while you are decreasing your energy bills. Sounds like a win/win situation.
Ask your homebuilder what type of windows will work the best. Windows with high-energy ratings are best. While you might feel that it sounds like a more costly undertaking to make your home energy efficient, it can save you money in the end.
Posted November 07, 2016
by Gabriel Posternak.