What does it mean to live in an energy-efficient home? In simple terms, energy-efficient houses are designed to reduce unnecessary or excessive energy consumption, use less nonrenewable resources, and reduce emissions. These reasons alone appeal to eco-conscious homeowners, but plenty of other homeowners can benefit from opting to build and reside in an energy-efficient home! In this context, energy-efficiency influences a home’s heating and cooling, electricity usage, and water heating measures. There’s no better expert on energy-efficient homes around than Columbia Builders, an ENERGY STAR partner! Here are some of the best reasons to live in an energy-efficient home.
Lower Your Utility Bills
Anyone and everyone would love to save money on their monthly utility bills. With an energy-efficient home, the house is specifically designed to help homeowners use less and save more! That includes seemingly small details like LED lights, smart thermostat systems, and even water-conserving appliances, just to name a few measures. The upfront costs of these energy-efficient systems may be higher, but the long-term utility savings are undeniable.
Increase Your Home Value
If you ever decide to sell your home, you could create higher resale value by putting your house on the market with energy-saving features. Many home buyers are eager to own an energy-efficient home, so they will gladly pay a higher price for a home that is Energy Star rated.
Take Advantage of Tax Incentives
Some local, state, and federal government agencies offer incentive programs to encourage homeowners to implement or own energy-efficient homes. These incentives come in the form of tax breaks, rebates, or programs that approve low-interest project loans. The government agencies, and even utility companies, recognize energy-efficient systems incur higher initial costs. With these incentives, it becomes far more affordable for homeowners to make energy-saving changes to their homes.
Improve Comfort and Health Within Household
Efficiently temperature-controlled and ventilated homes considerably improve one’s comfort in their home. Your HVAC system does not have to overwork and draw excess energy to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Further, you need to consider the air-filtering system as part of your HVAC. When this is working efficiently, fewer allergens circulate in your home, making the air in your house clean and healthy for your household.
Design and Build Your Dream Home with Columbia Builders!
Columbia Builders is the home builder of choice in Howard County, offering homes in Ellicott City, Elkridge, Laurel, Columbia, Marriottsville, Fulton, Clarksville, Dayton, and Brookeville. No matter what the size and scope of your project, we have the skills, experience, and resources needed to bring your vision to life. We offer a level of customization that is truly unmatched and are committed to using materials and craftsmen of the highest quality, so you can trust that your new home is built to last.
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