Surprising Ways to Make Your Custom Home More Energy Efficient
There are many factors to think about when you build a custom home. First, you get to choose your layout, finishes, and even the appliances. But one surprise you may not have considered is how energy efficient your custom home can be. Here are some examples of energy efficiency in custom homes that can help you save money on your utility bills and help the environment at the same time.
Take Advantage of the Sun
Orienting your home to take advantage of the sun is one of the simplest ways to make it more energy efficient. For example, you can position your home so that the south-facing walls get the most sun exposure. This will help to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so you won’t have to rely as much on your heating and cooling system.
Install High-Performance Windows
High-performance windows and doors can also make a big difference in your home’s energy efficiency. These products are designed to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer, so you’ll be more comfortable all year round. And they can also help to reduce noise pollution from outside.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
Insulation is another important factor in energy efficiency. By insulating your walls, attic, and floors, you can keep heat from escaping your home in the winter and prevent it from coming in during the summer. This will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round, reducing your heating and cooling use and energy bills.
Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances
Choosing the right appliances are also a great way to make your home more energy efficient.
Some examples of energy efficiency in appliances include:
- Washers and dryers – Energy Star-certified washers use 25% less energy and 45% less water. In addition, energy-Star dryers use about 20% less energy.
- Dishwashers – Choose a model with improved water filtration, soil sensors, and high-efficiency jets.
- Refrigerators – Look for models with temperature and defrost features, improved insulation, and high-efficiency compressors.
- Ovens – Choose an energy-efficient model, such as an induction cooktop.
- Water heaters – Tankless water heaters only heat water when you need it, so they’re more efficient than storage water heaters.
Planting trees around your home is a great way to improve energy efficiency. Shading your home with trees can help block the sun and keep it cool in the summer.
Consider a Green Roof or Solar Panels
Finally, consider a green roof or solar panels. These features can help to further reduce your home’s energy consumption by providing natural insulation and generating renewable energy.
These are just a few examples of energy efficiency features in custom homes. New Legacy Homes builds every house with an unmatched level of detail and craftsmanship. It’s not just what you see; it’s what you don’t see. From insulation to waterproofing, our goal is to provide energy-efficient homes, utilizing the latest building science, materials, and systems to save you money on heating and cooling costs and reduce your home’s environmental footprint. Contact us to start planning for an energy-efficient home today!