Building a house involves a lot of planning and preparation. At the very beginning, you need to find a plot of land to build a house, determine the house size and style, and choose a functional house floor plan. At the planning stage, it is important to decide how efficient your home should be as everything comes down to the cost. When you’re planning to build a house, your focus should be towards energy-efficient homes as this is one of the key factors for a good quality home. These houses provide many benefits including, financial savings due to lower energy use, increased comfort levels, and higher resale values. The demand for energy-efficient homes has significantly increased as homeowners search for ways to reduce home operating costs.
Homeowners can get their houses rated for energy efficiency to understand where it ranks and how to improve their homes. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the system for inspecting and calculating the energy efficiency resulting in a HERS Index Score, based on a home’s energy performance. More energy-efficient homes have a lower score, while lower energy-efficient homes have a higher score. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical new home has a rating of 100. A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy-efficient than a standard new home. The benefits of living in an energy-efficient home are numerous and should be considered by all homebuyers.
Lower Utility Bills
An energy-efficient house costs less to operate than most existing homes. Sustainable houses are 40-60% more efficient than the ones built in compliance with the Model Energy Code and 20- 30% more efficient than homes built in accordance with the International Energy Efficiency Code. The lower utility bills are the result of greater insulation, better-sealed houses, improved HVAC systems, better air infiltration, enhanced windows, and increased water efficiency.
Return on Your Investment
Energy-efficient homes provide returns on your investment. There are tax advantages and rebates that your home may be applicable due to the incentives offered with these types of homes. Federal energy efficiency tax incentives are available for up to 30% of the cost of new: geothermal heat pumps, fuel cells, and small wind turbines, solar electric and hot water systems. This additional cash flow or reduced expenses helps you earn a quicker return on your home investment.
While comfort varies from person to person, it generally results from the right combination of temperature, air movement, and humidity. Years of research show that most people are comfortable at a temperature of 75-78 degrees (23-26 °C) and 45-55% relative humidity. Energy-efficient HVAC systems provide this level of comfort with less energy usage for your home.
Many sustainable houses can be certified that the modern home design and construction were tested and inspected to meet industry standards. This certification will enable you to sell your home for a higher price on the market because of the rigorous and specialized nature of these modifications.
Quality of Home
Energy-efficient home builders participate in unique programs that demonstrate a commitment to building high-performance houses that are designed to stand the test of time. Their participation in these programs results in building green homes that are comfortable and use less energy.
Sustainable houses are better for the environment as residential homes produce 16% of all greenhouse gases in the United States. We can all agree that clean air and water are critical for the vitality of our communities. Sustainable homes make an impact on clean air, fair priced utilities and available water resources.
Every house design can incorporate energy-efficient features to improve its overall efficiency. Energy-efficient houses feature passive solar, additional insulation, efficient HVAC systems, and high-performance windows. By using energy-efficient house plans, you will experience many years of savings in utility costs while receiving a high level of comfort in your new home.
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