Green custom homes can save you money on energy costs as well as reduce your impact on the earth.
According to a recent article in the Topeka Capital-Journal, there are a number of ways to build a home that is environmentally friendly. In fact, the article notes, new construction homes are already a lot friendlier to the environment than they were ten or twenty years ago, simply because more efficient moisture barriers and insulation that were developed then have now become the norm. But there’s still more you can do and the efficient and sustainable products are generally easier to install in a newly built home rather than retrofitting an older home.
There are a number of natural resource conservation techniques that can be deployed in the modern home, including water saving fixtures and appliances. Tankless water heaters, dual flush toilets, drought tolerant landscaping and rainwater collection systems are all greener methods of providing quality with less water use. In addition, using engineered wood or wood alternative products can also avoid the impact on our natural resources.
The windows are another place where efficiency is important for the purpose of using less energy and paying less on heating bills, the article stated. Installing insulated windows helps keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature with less reliance on heaters and air conditioners. Energy efficiency can also be found in the type of lighting fixtures and appliances you use, as well as in your heating and cooling systems themselves.
There are greener alternatives when it comes to your paint and flooring, as well. Low-VOC paints and carpeting provides better indoor air quality for your family’s health and the use of efficient HVAC systems can also serve as a way of ridding the air in your home of toxic chemicals, the article stated.
While green custom homes may have a higher price tag than other homes on the market, you can rest assured that you’re paying for the best quality for your family, and you can look forward to recouping much of that cost over time by way of energy savings. One way of knowing that your home is using green products and appliances is to look for the ENERGY STAR label.
Started as a voluntary program by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, ENERGY STAR promotes energy efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption and to encourage a reduction of pollutants. ENERGY STAR products are those evaluated by a third party and certified based on testing in EPA laboratories. New homes can also earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the checklists for thermal enclosure system rater, HVAC system quality installation and contractor, and water management system builder.
16,000 partners in the ENERGY STAR program are responsible for its success, the EPA notes, including manufacturers and trade associations, retailers and efficiency program providers, home builders, and small businesses. In 2012, the rules for homes earning the ENERGY STAR label became more stringent, and provide up to 30 percent more efficiency than those built even a few years ago.
Custom green homes from Caldwell & Johnson earn the ENERGY STAR label and are designed and built at a higher level of quality than other homes on the market today. Each home and the products within it have been inspected and tested to ensure that they meet the EPA’s regulations and will provide you and your family not only with a good investment today, but an even better investment tomorrow.
We are your go to builder for Rhode Island green custom homes. We strive to give you options when it comes to the use of green products and allow you the opportunity to weigh the costs and the benefits before those products are placed in your home. We are committed to giving you a finished product that is stylish, comfortable, environmentally responsible, energy efficient, and is a place that you are proud to call home. For more information, contact us.