More energy saving tips once you move in!
Energy efficiency often seems like a buzzword in the home building community, but it’s extremely important to have a new home that is energy efficient. At Homestead Homes, our company provides the materials and floor plans to ensure your home is energy efficient, but once the home is built, it’s your family’s job to keep energy efficient habits up!
Staying energy efficient is a simple habit that everyone in the home can be a part of!
When a client builds with Homestead Homes, you’re guaranteed a new energy efficient home! This is possible with several different materials and floor plans. When a customer builds with Homestead Homes, all homes are up to the national standard of HERs rating. HERs helps any home perform at the highest level of energy efficient possible!
With this, all windows and doors installed into your home will be from a trusted supplier called, Gerkin. Gerkin windows and doors are all LEED certified. In addition, a number of our floor plans are open concept. This helps with allowing natural light to heat the home, decrease light usage and keep heating and cooling consistent!
All of this is great for new homeowners! A brand new home that will help you save money, who wouldn’t want that! Once your home is built, you’ll want to keep the savings coming for years and years to come.
These are some basic home tips to keep your energy efficiency at its best!
The first thing to do is to consistently reduce your energy usage. Reducing the amount of energy your family uses can put money back into your pocket. The first thing to do is make sure all appliances and electronics are energy efficient with an energy star sticker.
The next way is making sure power cords and power strips are advanced enough to keep energy low but power all of those electronics on the power strip. This is something that any family can easily do on their own. Throw away the old power strip from a couple years ago and exchange it for an advanced power strip!
A simple way to help reduce energy is with making sure to wash full loads of clothes and wash any clothing and blankets on cold! This helps reduce water usage and energy! The same idea goes for a dishwasher. You want to make sure the dishwasher is full before running it. Keep all the dishes clean and reduce water usage.
Turn the lights off. This one might take time to break the habit of keeping all the lights on whether you’re home or not! Lighting accounts for 12 percent of utility bills. It doesn’t seem like a large number but this can fluctuate with seasons. If you find yourself and family members forgetting to turn the lights off, install LED light bulbs. These light bulbs last longer than traditional bulbs and are better for your utility bills.
Finally, make sure your thermostat is new and works properly. This doesn’t mean a home needs a smart thermostat to keep the energy usage down however, it’s important to adjust the temperature when you leave your home and while your home. This will help keep the home cooled and heated at a desired temperature at all times!
A simple switch of a power strip, turning the lights off, washing dishes and clothes with full loads and other helpful tips will keep families in charge of being energy efficient once they build their home with us!