According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the top suggestions for making your home more energy-efficient are:
- Insulated windows using low-emissivity coatings
- Energy efficient refrigerators using advanced compressor technology or magnetic refrigeration
- Water heaters using electric heat pumps
- Loose-fill fiberglass insulation
Benefits of an Eco-friendly Home
Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact on human health and the natural environment. Here are just a few additional benefits:
Tax credits: Tax credits reward homeowners who choose to build environmentally-friendly, energy-saving structures.
Your family’s health: Green homes greatly reduce the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning, toxic indoor air, mold-borne illness and even allergies. We minimize the use of harmful chemicals and use local materials whenever possible
Environmental benefits: Green homes enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems, improve air and water quality, reduce waste streams and conserve and restore natural resources.
HERS Index: The investment you put towards choosing energy-saving construction and products will be returned shortly through smaller bills.
Financial Sustainability: High performance structures are more affordable to sustain because energy bills are small and have less month-to-month fluctuation. Less energy use means less vulnerability to rising energy costs.
Features of an energy-efficient home
Thermal Enclosure: Advanced framing, air sealing and ventilation, quality insulation, and high-performance windows save energy and reduce maintenance costs. These energy-saving features lower monthly utility bills and enhance comfort by maintaining even temperatures throughout the house.
Advanced Water Management: Gutters and flashing protect roofs, walls, and foundations from water damage.
High-efficiency HVAC Systems: These systems designed for optimal moisture control, better indoor air quality, and of course your family’s comfort.
Energy-efficient appliances and lighting: Energy and water-conserving features, such as ENERGY STAR appliances, low-flow faucets, water-conserving toilets and tankless water heaters – all of which save you money every month.