As fall gives way to the colder winter months, we all would love to save money on our energy bills while staying comfortable and warm inside. The great news is that when you buy or build a new custom home, you have the option of installing energy efficient options at the beginning, rather than upgrading later Not only can this make you eligible for certain tax credits, but if you move in before winter sets in, you could start to see significant savings on your energy bills right away. Here are four ways that you can see your new energy efficient home start saving you money in the winter months.
Insulation And Energy Efficient Windows
Perhaps the most obvious source of savings with your new home is to make sure the attic and walls are properly insulated, that you’ve installed double-paned windows, and that all openings are properly sealed. The best way to start saving money on your energy bills is to make sure the warm air stays inside, and the cold air stays outside.
Use EnergyStar Compliant Products
By selecting a refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer and HVAC system that is compliant with energy efficiency standards, these products will consume less energy when you use them, reducing the size of your energy bill.
Another effective strategy for saving money with your new energy efficient home is to install zoned heating and air. This option gives you independent temperature control in different areas of your home, and you can program the thermostats to heat only at certain times of day when the rooms are in use, or to shut off heat to certain rooms in your home when they aren’t being used.
We typically think of numerous or oversize windows as being places where heat escapes, but if you’re using energy efficient windows as mentioned in point 1, that ceases to be an issue. Rather, when you design your home to allow lots of natural light through plenty of windows, you naturally use less artificial light, which consumes less energy and costs less money—even on the shorter winter days.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a new energy efficient custom home this fall, we’re here to help! Lowder New Homes offers a whole array of energy-saving options to help you save money this winter. To learn more about availability and your options, contact us today at 334-270-6789.