When building a custom new construction home, making it as eco-friendly as possible makes good sense, not just for the lowered environmental impact, but also because it can save you on energy costs in the long run. Thanks to our ongoing commitment to green initiatives, Lowder New Homes already includes many eco-friendly features as standard in the homes we build, including Low-E windows, high-grade insulation and Energy Star compliant appliances and HVAC systems. However, for those who desire an even higher commitment to green practices, here are five eco-friendly add-ons you might want to consider for your new construction.
Reflective roof insulation
While conventional insulation in your walls and rafters will help keep your home cool in summer and warmer in winter, installing reflective insulation in the roof area takes it a step further by reflecting the heat of the summer sun away from your home. This keeps your home from heating up excessively. As a result, it becomes easier for your air conditioner to keep things cool during the hot summer months.
Installing lo-flow toilets throughout your custom new construction can conserve thousands of gallons of water each year, not to mention lowering your water bill. For additional conservation, consider installing WaterSense certified faucets and shower heads.
Smart thermostats and zoned heating/cooling
Most energy waste occurs in rooms we’re not even using. Installing an advanced thermostat system and heating/cooling zones enables you to program your HVAC system only to heat and cool individual rooms or sections of your home according to your schedule, so you’re only heating and cooling the rooms you use, as you use them.
Choose eco-friendly paint
The quality of low-VOC paints has improved greatly over the years, to the point that they work just as well as conventional paints. For a slightly increased cost, you can choose milk- or clay-based paints that have fewer noxious chemicals and have a lowered impact on the environment.
Use solar power
Solar energy is clean, unlimited and increasingly easy to harness, which is why more and more homes are “going solar.” There’s a bit more cost up front, but by configuring your home to run on solar energy, not only can your electric bills be as little as zero, but in some areas you can actually sell your excess energy back to the local electric company for credit!
These are just a few eco-friendly add-ons you might want to consider for your custom new home construction. To learn more about ways to conserve energy and protect the environment with your new home, call Lowder New Homes today at 334-270-6789.