Building a new home is an exciting experience. It allows you to create something from nothing, and everything is designed exactly how you like it. But, when construction is taking place, you should also consider what you can do to conserve energy.
New home construction and energy conservation should always go hand-in-hand, thanks to advancements in technology and energy efficiency resources.
So, what can you do to make your new home design saves on energy?
Let’s take a look.
It All Starts With Design
The very first thing you can do to make sure your home is energy-efficient is to start with a ‘smart’ design. Work with an architect or builder who shares your passion for energy conservation. The more experience they have in the industry, the easier it will be for them to make sure your home wastes as little energy as possible.
Sealing and Insulating
As the structure and frame of your new home start to take shape, it’s important to super-seal and insulate the house. There are several ways to air-seal a home, and your contractor can speak with you about the best option for your construction.
There are so many benefits to super-sealing and insulating during construction. You’ll have to make a small investment up front, but these two actions will save you thousands of dollars over the year in utility bills.
Consider Solar Energy
Another great way to cut down on utility costs and energy waste at the same time is to install solar panels. These panels are much less expensive than they used to be, and they’re also more effective.
Solar panels can make such a difference in how much energy is consumed in your home. They have such an impact, in fact, that California recently became the first state to require solar panels on new home construction. Even if you live in a state that doesn’t require it, it’s good to be a trendsetter in the right direction!
Be Smart About Heating Your Water
There are so many energy efficient appliances to choose from for your home. Obviously, we recommend using all EnergyStar appliances throughout your new house, from the kitchen to the laundry room!
One “appliance” that can be easily overlooked is your hot water heater. The energy used to heat water is a huge expense for most homes. Minimizing hot water use can make a big difference in how much energy is wasted in the home, and that starts by choosing a hot water heater that saves on energy and runs efficiently.
The good news about all of these tips is that you don’t have to handle any of them on your own. Don’t be afraid to talk with your builders or other experts about the best ways to make your new home as energy efficient as possible. Not only will you save money in the long run, but you’ll be doing your part to create a living space that will help the planet for years to come.