When you embark on new home construction you have the opportunity to create the home of your dreams. Building a new home from scratch is a great way to design living spaces that will cater to your unique lifestyle. While there will be many details and amenities you will want to incorporate into your new custom home, paying close attention to the floor plan and major appliances will help you build a home that is energy efficient, safe for the environment and one that can significantly reduce your home heating and cooling costs.
Every new home starts with a floor plan. When you sit down with architects and home builders it is important to lay out your plans with the idea that your home will be energy smart. Energy costs continue to rise and if your home is not designed to be energy efficient you may be looking at steep heating bills in the winter and high cooling bills in the summer. These costs can be avoided by starting with an energy smart floor plan that will better utilize the space you have to properly heat and cool your home without paying a fortune.
After you have agreed upon a floor plan that will feature multiple heating and cooling zones it’s time to focus on the energy systems and appliances that will help conserve energy. Some suggestions for achieving energy smart homes include using efficient gas furnaces rather than oil, installing programmable thermostats that allow you to pre-set your heating and cooling cycles and using vinyl windows that reduce heat loss through the window glass.
When looking for major appliances including refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers look for the Energy Smart® label. These appliances can use up to 50% less energy than other models and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. Not only do these rated appliances reduce your energy use, they do so without sacrificing performance, features or comfort.
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