One of the best things about getting a custom-built home is how you can customize its features to your heart’s content. And among the most popular choices for home buyers these days are energy efficient homes. After all, why should one wait until they get high energy bills when they can start adding energy-efficient features in the beginning?
Truth be told, no matter how we try our best to conserve energy at home by turning off appliances that are not in use or by keeping the AC off until the temperature is too warm to handle, we can still get high power bills. Some electronics and appliances still need to be left on all the time and these can definitely affect our energy consumption. Aside from just conserving energy and intending to decrease power bills, what’s great about being energy efficient is how it can help save the planet. Read on to learn more about how you can make your home energy efficient.
Features of Energy Efficient Homes
There are so many features you can add to your home to make it more energy efficient. Among them are the following:
Solar Products: Having solar panels installed is a great investment that pays for itself over the years. The power you’re getting from your utility can just be your backup when you have a reliable solar panel installation on your property. You can also enjoy energy efficiency from other solar-powered products like solar water heaters, solar pool heating systems, solar attic fans, and more.
Insulation: One of the more popular choices when it comes to modern-day insulation is spray foam insulation. It effectively seals all cracks and holes around your house so that the temperature indoors is controlled. Especially on very hot Florida summer days, the overall comfort of your home can be significantly improved with insulation. Your AC wouldn’t have to work twice as much when cool air doesn’t escape rooms in your home because it is well-insulated.
Smart Lights: Smart lights are those that can be turned on and off automatically without having to actually flip the switch yourself. You can also get ones that are motion-activated so that the light is automatically turned off when no one needs it.
Energy-Efficient Windows: If cooling and heating costs are your usual power bill problem, then you should definitely be considering energy-efficient windows. These are designed to keep air that’s already heated or cooled down trapped indoors – again so that your AC or heating system wouldn’t have to work twice as much.
Attic Fan: Although rarely used by many homeowners, heat trapped in the attic can affect the overall temperature of your home. You can solve this problem by maximizing air circulation in this area using attic fans. Even better, you can now install solar attic fans so it would operate the entire day using solar power, which doesn’t add to your utility bill at all.
Sun Tunnels: Sun tunnels are also called tubular skylights. These are installed in roofs like small windows that let natural sunlight in. When an experienced contractor helps you strategically install these sun tunnels, even hard to reach areas or rooms of your home can be reached by natural sunlight.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a home that’s energy efficient? When getting your house custom-built, ask your builder to help you add these features that can help you make your home a more energy efficient one. If you need custom-building services in Maitland, Orlando, Winter Park, Windermere, and surrounding areas in Central Florida, Posada Custom Homes is here to help. You may reach us at 407-740-7707 for a free estimate.