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New Technologies Make "Going Green" with Your New Home Possible
Did you know that homes built with eco-friendly technologies such as insulating glass units significantly cut the amount of energy used in the home? Insulating glass units such as solar reflective film applied to a windows interior prevents the loss of radiant heat through the window at least three times more efficiently than double-pane glass. Choosing to build your homes using these widow units, your utility bill will be significantly cheaper to warm your home and provide you eco-friendly clean energy.
Another way to make your next dream home green is to equip your house with appliances, lighting and plumbing carrying the Energy Star™ label. Homes built and furnished with these appliances can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 4,500 lbs per house/per year.
If you love natural light, then adding a solar tube or skylight to a kitchen, family room or any other darker area of your home will really lighten and brighten up a living space. Solar lights once installed bring sunlight into your home saving you the need to turn on lights. Installing timers or motion sensors in selected rooms set to stay on for 15 minutes or more provides a good balance of light life expectancy and energy savings for your new home.
Choosing the best heating and cooling for your new is important. Heating and cooling systems use more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Going green will save you green. Building or upgrading your home with a high SEER air conditioning unit will keep you comfortable, save you money, and keep the ozone healthier thanks to enviro-benign refrigerant.
But remember, an energy-efficient appliance or window alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling, and reduce environmental emissions, from 20% to 50%.
Selecting the “green builder” can make your journey buying your next home easy. The right builder will have a wide selection of models and floor plans to choose from that include all or some of these energy saving features. While availability varies by location and state regulations in effect, today’s technologies make it possible for these homes to be affordable for first-time home owners and the 55+ set that want to have a smaller carbon footprint.
From your new walls insulated with advanced non-toxic materials to keep temperature extremes at bay, to your roof topped with high-efficiency solar power systems. You can live in the comfort of knowing that you are doing something wonderful the planet by living the green life.