Did you know that there is a way to check the energy efficiency of your home based on its structure, heating, cooling, and hot water systems? The U.S. Department of Energy has developed a system called the Home Energy Score in order to determine just how efficient your home really is, and what you can to make it even more efficient.
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In more recent times, a push for new homes being built to be more energy efficient has been on the rise. Besides cutting majorly down on costs of monthly utilities, being energy efficient is also a much more sustainable approach to home building that also benefits the environment.
If you are interested in determining how efficient your existing home is, here is what you need to do. You must conduct a home energy assessment, also referred to as an energy audit. This will determine which areas of your house use the most energy, and how to fix the problem to cut down costs. The link above also provides free helpful tools and calculators to assist you with determining your Home Energy Score.
If you are planning to build a new home, there are many things you can do to assure that it is efficient. Be sure to look into energy efficient appliances, lighting, windows, doors, insulation, and air sealing. You may also find it helpful to consult an energy auditor to guide you along the decision making process.
Some revolutionary advancements in energy efficiency have also emerged in recent years, and may be worth checking out before building your home. These include:
–Cool roofs, which use highly reflective materials to reflect more light and absorb less heat from sunlight, which keeps homes cooler during hot weather
–Advanced house framing (also known as optimum value engineering), which reduces lumber use and waste and improves energy efficiency in a wood-framed house
– Passive solar home design, which takes advantage of climatic and site conditions to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer
Whether you are building a new home or looking to improve the energy efficiency of your current home, Maronda Homes is here to help you along the way.
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