Building an energy efficient home isn’t just a trendy concept—it is the new norm. Energy efficiency goes beyond saving electricity. The choices you make when designing your semi-custom home will go a long way into determining your carbon footprint, the money you save—or spend—on utilities, and how comfortably you live within the space. Indeed, energy efficient homes come with many benefits.
Smaller Utility Bills
An energy efficient home will cost less to operate. On a square foot per square foot basis and given the same lifestyle conditions, a new home built with efficiency in mind will have significantly lower operating cost. The operating cost comparisons show that these new “energy smart” homes are 40 to 60 percent more efficient than homes built in compliance to the 1993 Model Energy Code and 20 to 30 percent more efficient than homes built to the 2006 International Energy Efficiency Code. The lower cost comes from: tested performance, improved HVAC systems, High performance windows, air infiltration, and water efficiency. Homewood Homes are HERS rated and have many energy efficient advantages including improved insulation, Energy Star Qualified Appliances and more.
Reduce Impact on our Environment
Regardless of the causes of climate change, it is clear that clean air and clean abundant water are vital for the health of our community, the health of our family and the economic vitality of our region. As your home becomes more efficient, you begin to rely less on the fossil fuels needed to provide energy to your home. Using less power reduces the amount of toxic fumes such as carbon dioxide that is released into the environment. An energy efficient home helps conserve the earth’s natural resources, and protects ecosystems from being destroyed.
Inspire “Green” Living
Being intentionally eco-wise in your home design will inspire creativity in your regular, everyday choices. The best part about practicing good green green habits is that nine times out of ten, they’re also the more frugal option. Shrink your carbon footprint with the following tips:
At Homewood Homes we understand the value of building and buying an energy efficient home. For over 50 years, we have been building quality homes in Central Ohio. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of building a quality, efficient home with Homewood.
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