Energy-efficient homes are designed to reduce energy consumption - from the way they’re built to the appliances installed inside. These green homes are becoming more popular with builders and homeowners as a way to protect the environment, save on energy costs, and live healthier lives.
Homes built for efficiency use sustainable building materials and have many key eco-friendly features from the beginning. A pre-existing home can also be updated to conserve energy and provide many of the same benefits. You just have to know what features offer the best energy benefits.
Airtight homes keep the outdoor air outside, and your conditioned air in. This can reduce utility costs as you prevent air leaks from making your heating and cooling system (HVAC) work overtime. HVAC systems are one of the biggest energy drains in your home, so this is especially important in hot summer and cold winter months.
An airtight space also keeps allergens and pollutants out of your home, providing a healthier space overall.
Similarly, good insulation will prevent heat transfers between the inside and outside of your home. This helps your home maintain its internal temperature and reduce your energy use. Schedule a home inspection or home energy audit if you’re unsure what condition your insulation is in.
Tankless Water Heater
Traditional water heaters heat a whole tank of water each time you need hot water. Most of this hot water isn’t used at once, meaning your water heater is wasting a lot of energy to continuously heat water that isn’t being used.
Tankless water heaters appear as small boxes on your wall and only heats water as you need it. This can significantly reduce energy waste and saves space in your home.
Energy Star Appliances
Energy Star appliances are EPA-inspected and certified to use less energy than their traditional counterparts. Energy Star ratings apply to everything from your dishwasher to your windows, so identifying the Energy Star logo is an easy way to make green upgrades to your home.
LED bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs and use significantly less energy, too. They also produce less heat, which can keep your home cooler.
Your lighting fixtures and features can have an impact on your energy use, too. Look for the Energy Star logo and energy-saving features like smart controls, dimmers, and timers to better control your light use.
Learn more below about what makes a home energy-efficient and easy upgrades you can make for a greener home.
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