Save Money By Building an Energy Efficient Home

If you are not yet a homeowner and you are planning to build a new home from the bottom up, there are numerous techniques that you can use to make your home more energy friendly. New homeowners can reap many benefits through the construction of energy efficient homes.

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Factor in Climate

The ideal energy efficient home must suit the climate in which it will be located. The first step that new homeowners should take before building their homes is learning about the surrounding area and its weather trends. For example, if your home will be built in an area that is windy or sunny ensure that the materials used in the construction of the home will either reduce the effects of the area’s climate or put them to good use. Take for instance, if you are looking to capitalize on the sun’s rays in your area you should consider building a home with large windows and heat absorbent

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walls. The large windows will allow a greater amount of the sun’s energy to pass through, while the absorbent walls will collect the excess energy and later use it to heat the home. Obviously, this type of home is not ideal if you are living in an area that receives constant bombardment from the sun.

Location for Maximum Savings

The next factor to consider is position. The home should be located in an area that will allow it to use its resources appropriately. Positioning your energy efficient home can save you thousands of dollars on future heating and cooling. If you live in a cold area, place your new home in a location that receives maximum sunlight so you can spend less money on heating. On the other hand, if you live in a warm area avoiding the sun will cut down on your cooling expenses.

Use the Latest in Building Materials

When it comes to having an eco friendly home it is not enough to have a good building position or adequate knowledge

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of the environment, as it is about having the right materials. Save money by building a reasonably sized home that will require less material. Furthermore, such materials should not require a lot of energy usage to maintain. Consider items such as insulating form when purchasing materials. This will regulate the temperature inside and outside the home. Also, add energy efficient windows to your shopping list. Such windows will not allow energy to easily escape the home. For your electronics and plumbing installations, although you will not perform such work yourself, ensure that the contractor is onboard with your plan and urge him to install items such as energy efficient refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners and the like.

 

The initial cost of building an energy friendly home may seem daunting to some, but consider the money that will be saved on energy bills and water bills in the long run. A normal home may be beautiful at first, but if you only focus on the superficial aspects of that home it will lead to additional spending in the future.

Author Byline: Haliyma Barrow is a professional journalist and writer based in New York.  Haliyma loves to contribute guides on home improvement and home security, such as tips on choosing wireless home security system.

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