Whether you’re remodeling your current home or building a new one, there are many ways to make it more energy efficient and save money in the long run. Energy efficiency means doing more with your appliances but wasting less.
So, why is this important? Making your home energy efficient is not only great for your wallet, but it cuts down the use of polluting fossil fuels which is better for the environment. Here are seven ways you can make your new home build energy efficient.
Install Proper Insulation
Efficient insulation helps to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If there are cracks, holes or badly fitted windows, air can seep through making your heating and cooling bills go through the roof. With a new build, ask your construction team to install quality insulation to the roof, floor and walls.
Use the Right Building Materials
Choosing sustainable building materials is another way to ensure your home is energy efficient. Recommended materials to increase energy efficiency include:
- Recycled steel
- Non-fibreglass spray foam insulation
- Eco-friendly house paint
Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy efficient home appliances can offer huge savings on energy bills. Source appliances with a high energy efficiency rating. Additionally, choose the right ventilation and air conditioning system for your usage as this is often where a lot of energy is wasted.
Integrate Smart Home Systems
Smart home systems are not only convenient, but they can reduce your power bills significantly. Some even make suggestions on how you can reduce your monthly spend. Popular choices include:
- Energy meters
- Home hubs
- Smart thermostats
- Smart lighting and energy meters
- Smart security systems
Take Advantage of Solar Power
If you’re building new, consider how the sun will fall onto your property. This means you could take advantage of the suns natural heat. And, if you have the funds, solar panels offer a huge future return on investment.
Build for Your Location and Climate
Before building or upgrading your home, consider your location and climate. If you live in an area with warm year round weather, insulation might not need to be a priority. On the flip side, if you have cooler months, good insulation is worth investing and will increase your energy efficiency.
Get Advice from Professional Builders
Finally, talk with your local residential construction experts. They can advise you on the best energy efficient building tips for your new construction project. AGS Commercial have been designing, planning and building properties in the Northern Rivers for over 30 years and are always happy to help. Call today on 02 6622 3745.