These days, it seems that everyone is trying to lower the costs of powering and maintaining their homes – the rising costs of utilities and the introduction of the carbon tax have sent many people into a money saving frenzy. If you are looking to build your own home, there are actually a number of ways that new home builders can help you to reduce the energy and maintenance costs of your property, providing that you find one who knows what they’re doing.
When you first meet with the builder whom you have picked to construct your home, make sure that you express to them early on in the process that you are looking for ways to reduce your energy and maintenance costs. This will ensure that the builder keeps this aim in mind, right from the depths of the planning stages all the way through to the completion of the house.
Construction and Ducts – If your new home builder has ensured that all holes and cracks have been sealed (especially in your heating and cooling systems), then you will reduce the changes of drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise pollution from occurring. This is also highly effective in improving the quality of your home’s air.
Insulation – If your home has had insulation properly installed in its floors, walls and attic space, you will find this to be a very cost effective option. Because the insulation will encourage an even temperature throughout the house, it will lessen the need for air conditioners and heaters to be turned up.
Products and Fixtures – If your builder has invested in and recommended products and fixtures that are energy star rated (such as compact fluorescent light globes, lighting fixtures, fans, appliances, and so on) you can greatly reduce the amount of money you are spending on electricity for your home.
Windows – If your home has been fitted with energy efficient windows, you will find that they help to keep heat in during winter and out during summer. This is because they are fitted with two or more panes of glass and have been specially coated to prevent heat transfer. Again, this helps to lessen the need for air conditioning and heating.
If you have been thinking about ways that you can reduce your energy and maintenance costs, you should be thinking about contacting your new home builder and seeing how they can help. As you can see from the above list, there are a number of ways that they are able to not only reduce the energy consumption of your home, they will also be able to lower the need for maintenance well into the future.