Purchasing a house, especially one that’s brand new, is no throwaway decision. Thousands of dollars make up a downpayment, and that’s not even including the bills and mortgage each month. Owning a new home is definitely a large financial decision, so you’ll want to make sure you are making the best, most solid decision possible before applying for any loans. You may be tempted to choose an older house since older homes are often less expensive upfront. But, aside from increased maintenance costs, you would be surprised how inefficient these homes actually are as compared to an energy-efficient new home. Here’s how energy-efficient new homes can actually save you and your family money in the long run.
Newer Technology Reduces Long Term Costs
Most new houses are upheld to a completely different standard than those of the past, like with Energy-Star homes. This is partially due to new laws in terms of energy-efficiency requirements, but the main issue at hand is how much the technology of today has improved over the years in terms of efficiency and essentially lowering long-term costs. Energy-efficient new homes are often equipped with systems that automatically lower the energy capacity of the following culprits of larger monthly electric bills:
- appliances and home electronics
- air cooling/heating systems
- water heating
One feature that is severely lacking in older homes is proper insulation. Home insulation has come a long way over the years, and the industry finds new and more effective means of technology every single day. Insulation helps to create a thermal barrier between your home and the outdoors, both keeping in heat and cold or keeping it outside of the home. Efficient insulation reduces the need to rely on heating or cooling systems in Maryland’s extreme weather months, which will not only save electricity in general but also keep your bills much, much lower and your home much more comfortable
More Adaptable Design
Most energy-efficient new homes rely on an array of ways, including natural means, to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without reliance on electrical-powered systems, and the design itself is an added feature! For example, many energy-efficient new homes include lots of features that emphasize natural light, such as large, insulated window glass doors and sunrooms. These reduce the need to use electric-powered lights during daytime hours so you can save on monthly utility bills. Add that to the new techniques in cooling and heating system layouts and open floor plans and you have a recipe for successful efficiency.
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. Columbia Builders was voted Best of Howard County 2020 for best home builder.
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