Those that are concerned about the environment have a lot of options when it comes to saving energy. Starting with your home is probably the number one way to reduce energy consumption and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
There are many things that homeowners can do to save energy around their homes. Here are some easy ways to reduce consumption:
- Change bulbs to LEDs
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Replace or clean air filters
- Use the microwave instead of the store
- Close blinds and shades to reduce AC use
- Keep the oven door closed when cooking
- Turn off lights when not in use
By doing these simple things, you can reduce energy consumption. This will be reflected in your gas and electric bills.
Build an Energy-Efficient Home
Those that want to do everything possible to save energy often choose to have their home built by a builder that builds energy-efficient homes. This includes having low or zero water use from the homes’ landscaping. It is important, especially in areas where water restrictions are in place.
There are many choices when it comes to builders, EnergyStar has a list of green builders on their Website, so those choosing to play a role in reducing consumption can review this list before they decide on a builder.
Choosing a Builder
Many different home builders pride themselves on building beautiful energy-efficient homes and landscapes. With so many people concerned about the environment and looking for ways to save energy for the future generation, there is a growing need for home builders that understand how to build homes that use very little or zero energy.
Custom home builders are also riding the wave of building low-energy use homes. This does not mean that the homes are square boxes with no windows or landscaping filled with stone. The designs created by innovative builders pay attention to every detail, inside and out.
Here are some things to look for before deciding on a custom home builder:
- They use environmentally-friendly building materials
- Use the proper HVAC equipment
- Use natural light when possible
- Use alternative energy sources
- Install high-efficiently doors and windows
- Insulate hot water pipes
- Properly insulated walls
- Conserve water through low-plumbing fixtures and collection of rainwater
- Use of Energy Star approved appliances and electronics
- Try to use locally sourced materials to reduce carbon emissions during transportation
- Use locally salvaged materials
- Install outlets in the garage for electric cars
These are just some of the ways that savvy builders are reducing energy consumption. They are using new design concepts with the highest energy efficiency that are beautifully-crafted using innovative designs.
Do Not Give Up on Aesthetics
An experienced custom home builder will design a home to meet the owner’s specifications, without giving up the aesthetics of the home. They will pay attention to every detail of the custom home with curb appeal, beautiful low water-use greenery outside, and an inviting interior. Homeowners have the satisfaction of knowing they are doing their best to reduce their footprint while enjoying a beautiful home they are proud to show off.