Some simple features can make a big difference in the energy efficiency of your new home.

There are so many green and energy-efficient measures that can be implemented into your construction plan. While they may cause a small increase in the upfront costs, these practical energy-savers will provide a quick return on investment and they’ll save you thousands over the years:

  1. Choose the right insulation and roofing. One of the most significant ways to reduce heating and cooling costs lies in the proper insulation. Keeping heat out in the summer and retaining it during the winter is the goal, and the right combination of roofing and insulation can do just that. There is a wide array of highly effective, cost-efficient products on the market designed to control the way a house absorbs and releases heat, depending upon the season. When professionally installed by knowledgeable experts, you can reap the benefits of lower cooling and heating bills all year long.
  2. Install energy-efficient windows. Windows are one of the primary areas in the home where energy is often wasted. If you’re in the process of constructing your home or are planning to replace your existing windows, ensure that high-quality storm windows with a U-factor and low-E technology are installed. These energy-rated products help keep your residence toasty in the winter and cool in the summer.
  3. Be smart about landscaping. A few simple considerations when landscaping your property can make a big difference in the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, as well as your comfort. For example, shading of the air conditioning units can increase efficiency by as much as ten percent, and adding just three house-shading trees can cut your cooling bill by a remarkable 50%. Planting windbreaks to the north, west, and east can reduce winter fuel consumption by an average of 40%.
  4. Plan for ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are a great way to conserve electricity year-round. They’re economical and efficient, and they use about the same amount of energy as a 100-watt light bulb. In the summer, set your fan to spin counterclockwise, and then set your thermostat a few degrees higher to save as much as 40% on your cooling bills. In the winter, switch fan blades to spin clockwise and reduce your heating costs by 10%. As you plan your home design, consider placing ceiling fan receptacles in the family room, bedrooms, office, and kitchen.
  5. Rely on LED lighting. Residential LED applications are saving homeowners significant amounts of money while boosting the value of their property. Consider this: residential LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR® rated products, use 75% less energy and last as much as 50 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting. You might utilize LED under-cabinet lighting and narrow beam lights to highlight the island and counter areas in the kitchen. In dining room, add warmth with ambient LED pendant lights. When it comes to LED lights, there are endless ways they can add beauty, functionality, and energy-efficiency to your home.

If comfort and savings are important for your custom home, we can help you create a sustainable, energy-efficient design. Contact our knowledgeable professionals today.

About Creative Home Co.: For nearly 20 years, Creative Home Co. has been among northern Maryland’s preferred custom builders. Renowned for their elite level of service and superior craftsmanship, the business brings decades of experience and proficiency to every project entrusted to them. Creative Home Co.’s personal involvement, attentiveness, and unwavering standards of excellence set them apart from other builders. To learn more, call 844-7CREATE.

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