July 25, 2017
Purchasing a custom home is an investment in many ways, particularly in energy efficiency. By designing your own home, you have the opportunity to create a living space that will save money and natural resources for years to come. If you’re wondering how new homes are able to make a significant positive impact on your wallet and the environment, keep reading.
New homes are capable of staying warm or cool by using far less energy than old homes because insulation standards have greatly improved over the last few decades. Insulation technology gives builders and homeowners a wide variety of products to choose from depending on the type of building and materials used. From reflective panels that block the sun’s rays to spray insulators that fill in even the smallest gaps to prevent any airflow, modern insulation techniques are better at keeping your house at a steady temperature.
Many older homes have single-pane windows with metal frames that let in a lot of air from the outside. A few decades ago, when electricity was cheaper and most people didn’t think of being “green,” adjusting the thermostat to make up for excess airflow wasn’t a big deal. Now, modern homes are built with multi-pane vinyl windows with sturdy seals to keep any air from going in or out — saving the thermostat from constant adjustments.
Over the years, more energy-efficient home appliances have been hitting the market. In fact, it’s hard to find many appliances that don’t cut down on electricity, gas, or water usage in some way. This includes refrigerators, water heaters, light bulbs — even thermostats, that you can schedule to turn off and on at any time. Almost all the basic appliances in new homes will be more efficient than the ones used in homes built decades ago.
When the green movement came along, there was a big push from home buyers for construction companies to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint. Now, there are energy efficiency codes in place across all areas of construction. So whether it’s an office mall or your custom home, a new building is guaranteed to be more energy efficient than a structure that was built years ago.
Your new home will already be saving energy in many ways, but as a custom home owner, you can take your efficiency a step further by installing source alternatives that drastically cut down on energy and water usage. Solar panels, wind generators, and rainwater-harvesting systems are just three of multiple green inventions you can take advantage of in your custom home. They range in terms of pricing, but all of them pay themselves off in the long run. Ask your representative at Heritage Custom Homes about green energy installations to find which options work best for your home and budget.