How Homestead Homes are energy efficient
There are several benefits to building a home yourself, but one of the biggest benefits is that your new home helps the environment! An older home has an older electrical system, older HVAC systems, older roofing, and other older components than a newer built home. At Homestead Homes, we proudly help all of our clients make their home as energy efficient as possible with materials, floor plans and more!
This is how your new home is helping the environment one day at a time!
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the industry standard in a home’s energy efficient level. This is a rating that is measured inside all of new homes when it comes to inspections. This helps the home to perform at the highest energy efficient level possible. At Homestead Homes, all of our insulation and energy star materials are installed into all new home projects. This ensures that the home is at Energy Star level.
Once the home is complete, a 3rd party HERS Energy Rater will provide and conduct a home inspection. Once the inspection is complete and all compliances are met, the third party inspector will give Homestead an Energy Star certification that will be presented to you! A brand new home and a certification. This is great if you plan on selling the home in the future.
At Homestead Homes, we provide a number of Energy Star products that will help you achieve your certification.
Gerkin windows and doors
One of our many products are Gerkin windows. This company works with Homestead Homes to provide the best windows to all of our clients who are building a home themselves. A great advantage of installing these products into your new home is that Gerkin is LEED certified.
LEED certification means the product this company sells is active in designing and producing energy star efficient products. The materials are sustainable and qualify your home for LEED points! This is one step further in being energy efficient.
Energy efficient appliances
When it comes time to get your Energy Star certification, another advantage is having energy efficient appliances installed into your home. Installing energy efficient appliances can save you over $500 a year in utility bills! These appliances with the Energy Star stamp can last up to 20 years and use 10 percent to 50 percent less energy through the year! These are common energy efficient appliances that are installed into new homes:
- Washer and dryers
A simple switch in a new washer or dryer could help you save money in the long run! $500 is a downpayment on a cruise, family trip or making a dent in paying off those credit cards!
At Homestead Homes, we offer a number of home plans that offer open concept living and floor plans. An open floor plan provides more natural lighting into your new home. The more natural light, the less you’ll need to turn your own lights on! This also can heat up the space during the cold winter months.
The more walls, the less air can circulate. This will cause some rooms to be warmer than others and vice a versa. If a room is stuffy or warmer than normal, you’ll reach for a fan or the ceiling fan which causes more electricity to be used. Furthermore, an open floor plan provides any fresh air coming in from the windows to circulate around the home faster!
When you’re building a home yourself, light bulbs might seem like the last thing on your list to worry about. But, think about it, how many times a day are you turning off and on your lights? On average, your lights are worth five percent of the energy bill.
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) these are like traditional bulbs, but are known to use about one-fourth the energy of their counterparts.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are the most commonly known energy efficient light bulbs out there.
Think about the options, a newly built home saves over 3,449 KWH of power a year! That’s enough power to run 32 coffee makers, 11 televisions, a washer for four years and other common appliances! It’s simple. Save yourself money when building a home yourself and help out the environment!