Residential Design Trends: Going Green

One of the best things about having your home built instead of buying an existing home is the level of input and customization you have in the home's design. When making choices about your new home, don't overlook energy efficiency. Building a green home is an important design trend in the home building industry. The following add-ons will help ensure low electric bills over the years and also make you feel great knowing you are doing something to benefit the environment:

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed. They use less energy than traditional hot water tanks and they last a very long time. In a larger home, it's sometimes best to have more than one tankless water heater installed to make sure every region of the home gets plenty of hot water. If you combine a tankless water heater with solar heating, you will even qualify for a government tax credit.

Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats make your life easier, keep your home more comfortable, and save money on energy bills at the same time. Homeowners often forget to turn down the AC or heat when they head to work in the morning, which wastes energy. If you program your temperature ahead of time, you can schedule the AC or heat to use less energy during the day when no one is home and then get the house back to a comfortable temperature an hour or so before everyone returns for the day. Smart thermostats can even be controlled remotely from your smart phone.

Smart Lights

Have a teenager who never remembers to turn the lights off in his bedroom, wasting electricity? Want to have lights come on in the evening before you get home or when you're on vacation for security reasons? Smart lights can be turned on and off (and often dimmed) from your phone. Some smart light bulbs even come in a variety of colors and hues that you can change when you feel like creating a little ambiance.

By having these features included in your new home, you will help ensure your home is energy efficient right from the start. And of course, contact us anytime to discuss how we can help you build the green home of your dreams.