Energy costs from gas and electricity have been rising recently, and there’s no reason to think they’ll come down any time soon. One way to combat rising energy costs is by prioritizing energy efficiency in construction projects, and one of the easiest ways to achieve residential energy efficiency is with new home construction. Here are three ways energy efficiency in new home construction can deliver value immediately and over your home’s lifetime.
Lower Energy Bills
Many homeowners in Southern California are concerned about their rapidly increasing monthly energy bills. In the winter and summer especially, high-energy items like HVAC units and water heaters can make energy bills skyrocket. But even small household items like lightbulbs can make a difference when it comes to energy costs.
New home construction offers a perfect opportunity to install energy-saving appliances, lighting, windows, and insulation simultaneously. The better insulated your home is, the less energy you’ll need to heat and cool it. Modern HVAC units, water heaters, appliances, and electrical materials are much more efficient than they were twenty or even ten years ago. So, when you do need to use energy, you can rest assured that you’ll be doing so in a way that saves money.
Energy Efficiency Tax Rebates and Credits
Homeowners aren’t the only ones who want energy-efficient homes. Federal and state governments are looking to address climate change by incentivizing homeowners and builders to maximize energy efficiency in residential spaces. The U.S. government, for example, offers several tax credits for homeowners who build energy-efficient homes or retrofit their existing homes to be more energy-efficient. There are several types of credits, some of which kick in immediately when you purchase an energy-efficient appliance and others which apply when you file your taxes.
Better Temperature Regulation
Your home is supposed to be the place where you feel most comfortable. But comfort is hard to achieve when your home struggles to regulate temperature fluctuations well. So another value of prioritizing energy efficiency in new home construction is the peace of mind you’ll have knowing your home can handle chilly winters as well as the sweltering Glendale, CA summers.
Considering building a new home and want to know how you can make it as energy efficient as possible? Our expert contractors at Creative Innovation Developers would be happy to review the details of energy-efficient new home construction with you. Get in touch with us today for a consultation and free estimate.