If you decide to have a custom home built, one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is to choose to have that home built to be ENERGY STAR certified. Saving energy isn’t just good for the environment, it will also provide endless benefits for you and your family during the years you spend living in your dream home.
Many people who choose to have their custom home ENERGY STAR certified are driven by the fact that they can save money every year on utility bills. A home that has been built with energy efficiency in mind will be able to maintain indoor temperatures as much as possible. This means that your home will stay warm during the cold winter months, and it will stay cool during the blistering summer heat. By keeping outdoor temperatures out and indoor temperatures in with the Thermal Enclosure System, ENERGY STAR homes require your high-efficiency HVAC system to run a lot less often to keep a stable indoor temperature that is comfortable for you. The end result is lower utility bills each month, saving you money over the years you spend in your home.
ENERGY STAR homes are 20% more energy efficient than those that are not certified, on average. It’s also important to note that ENERGY STAR homes are very desirable in the current housing market, making them easier to sell. They are often sold at prices approximately 6% higher than their non-certified counterparts.
Quality of Life Upgrades
There are several benefits to an ENERGY STAR certified home aside from cost savings. One of those benefits is the quality-of-life upgrades these homes offer with more thoughtful construction practices. In particular, one of these benefits includes “a constant supply of fresh, filtered air, reducing indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens,” according to the ENERGY STAR website. For anyone suffering from spring allergies right now, that probably sounds like a major benefit! These homes also offer better humidity control and noise reduction, creating an even more comfortable space for you to live in.
ENERGY STAR certification is handled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and they have stringent guidelines on how to construct an ENERGY STAR home. These homes go through many sets of inspections to verify that they are being constructed with quality building materials and best practices. It can certainly make the construction process a bit longer and more tedious, but the extra time and effort are worth it for a home that brings you unmatched comfort and saves you money every month.
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