When you design a home, there are many aspects to consider from the number of bedrooms to the color of the interior walls. Saving money is a primary concern for many homeowners, so cost is a heavily considered aspect of home design. Building an energy-efficient home is one of the best ways homeowners can save money and still have a beautiful home.
Both the shape and the construction of your home will greatly influence the heating and cooling requirements. A few tools can help you make a smart decision about the orientation of your home. A sun path diagram for your site’s location will help you determine the orientation of your home by giving a visual of where the sun travels in the sky throughout the day. Make note also of any obstructions surrounding the site (buildings, trees, telephone poles etc.) and potential obstructions (for instance, a vacant lot that could be developed) that might block potential passive solar gain. A wind rose notes the direction and frequency of prevailing winds.
Insulation is key to maintaining heat in your home. The proper type of insulation, in the right amount, will help trap heat in your home so that you won’t pay unnecessary heating costs. Homeowners have a choice in the type of insulation they place in their homes, but some types are specifically designed for certain areas or types of homes.
Fiberglass Blown-in Insulation Systems (also known as the Polar Blanket) is the latest green building technique. This system improves a home’s efficiency by filling the wall cavity completely, including the areas around pipes, cables and outlets. Polar Blanket gets into all the voids where traditional insulation can’t protect, creating a “blanket” of insulation and making a more energy efficient home, and significantly helps reduce monthly utility costs by reducing air infiltration through the cavity walls.
It’s also important to be aware of your predominant sky conditions throughout the year: overcast, clear or partly cloudy. This will become useful knowledge when you’re determining how to light the home’s interior. By taking advantage of natural light, you can reduce your electrical load and your dependency on artificial illumination.
When you purchase the appliances and the fixtures for your bathrooms and kitchen, consider each one’s Energy-Star rating. Buying items with high Energy-Star ratings can save you a substantial amount of money each year. You can find Energy-Star ratings on most fixtures.
Water is perhaps the most valuable natural resource considered in sustainable design. Water-efficient faucets can help you conserve water by providing a lower flow rate. Most of the lower-flow faucets by Delta® deliver water at 1.5 gpm, which can help to save one 12 oz. bottle of water every 8 seconds.
Saint Aubyn Design
Saint Aubyn Custom Homes will never try to scrimp on lower cost and less energy efficient appliances. We only use the best performing, energy-efficient GE appliances available today.
One of the best ways to protect the environment is to purchase energy efficient products that require fewer energy resources to operate. Plus, not only will you make a difference to the environment, you’ll save on operating costs.
Saint Aubyn Homes, premier Colorado Springs custom home builder, is pleased to offer only the most energy efficient homes possible. Our energy efficient homes bring incredible value to all our homeowners through savings on utility bills, increased comfort, and improved health.