If you’re interested in building your own custom home, you may be interested in how you can make your home as energy-efficient as possible. Not only are energy-efficient homes better for the environment, but they can also save you money over time with lowered electric, heating, and cooling bills. If you’re interested in energy-efficient custom built homes, here are a few things to include in your custom build.
Choose Energy Star Rated Appliances
One of the best things about custom new homes is that you have the opportunity to pick all of your dream appliances. Energy star rated appliances are more environmentally friendly, which largely means that they are as energy-efficient as possible. They’re also high-quality brands, which means that you can trust the longevity of your appliances as well.
Opt For Ceiling Fans
Instead of cranking up the AC as soon as the weather starts warming up, you can opt for ceiling fans in the main living areas of your home. You can consult with your custom home builder about different styles that match your home best, but the effect is the same — it will help keep your home cooler without having to turn on your AC. This will help you conserve energy and allow you to set your thermostat at a higher overall temperature without sacrificing a comfortable feeling in your home.
Choose LED Light Fixtures
When you’re picking out light fixtures for your home, make sure to consult with your home builder about using LED bulbs in all of them. LED bulbs use significantly less energy and also last a lot longer than traditional bulbs, which means they will also create less waste in the long term and you’ll save money on their replacements. There are also many LED lights that are able to connect to smart home devices, meaning that you can place them on a timer and not have to worry about accidentally leaving the lights on at night.
On average, new custom built homes are 17% more energy-efficient just because of modern building codes, but you have the opportunity to make your home even more energy-efficient if needed. As your trusted home builder in South Carolina, Kristopher Homes is happy to help you build a home with energy-efficient details. Get in touch with our team today to learn more!