- February 2014
- Posted By JohnnyG
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There are many different reasons why people build their home instead of moving into an existing one. Older homes have a myriad of problems, from older electrical systems, to poor insulation, as well as many others. Many of these older homes are not energy efficient, and cost homeowner’s hundreds of dollars every year in added energy bills. With a new home, you can have a say about what products go into it, from highly energy efficient doors and windows, to quality energy saving appliances, as well as building materials made from recycled or sustainable products.
Brand new homes also have other advantages. You save a lot of money on energy consumption for one. Brand new homes, as well as all the appliances, are under full warranties, so if there is a problem, it can be fixed with no out of pocket expenses. This also means that your homeowner’s insurance rates are going to be significantly lower.
When building your own home, there are things to consider. You may want to do things yourself, but this can be a bad idea. Unless you are a contractor, you need to hire a professional. Professionals have the tools and equipment to get the job done right, like cranes, forklifts, and even bobcats to move materials around and make installation easier. Professionals have the licenses needed, the insurance, and can get the proper permits and inspections to make sure that everything is up to code. What could take yourself years to build, professionals can build in just a short period of time.
In addition to energy efficient doors and windows, it is important to buy Energy Star appliances. Energy Star is an efficiency rating that shows how much savings you will get from the particular appliance. The higher the rating, the more efficient the product is. One product to consider for high efficiency is on demand hot water heaters. These are heaters that only heat water when it’s needed, instead of trying to keep a tank full of water hot. When you turn on the hot water, the heater kicks in and makes the water hot while you’re using it. They are small enough that you can put them where you need them, as long as there is adequate ventilation. You can place one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, or wherever you are going to be using hot water regularly.
If you really want to be energy efficient, then consider installing aerators in all your faucets. These reduce the amount of water flow, but still put out the same consistency. Use low flow toilets to save water, since you are going to use this appliance regularly, especially if you have children. In addition to insulated doors and windows, you may want to consider extra insulation, like spray foam insulation made from recycled materials. This product gets into all the nooks and crannies that regular insulation misses. It makes a great insulator, sound damper, and is resistant to mold, mildew, and pests.
There are also things to consider on the outside. When planning landscaping, consider the climate. Plant trees and other things that are drought resistant. If you live in an area that is prone to fires, make sure you have a fire break at least a hundred feet around your home. If you are worried about intruders, plant items under your windows that deter them, like rose bushes, or spiny cactus. If you live in a drought area, it is also important to install gutters that drain into barrels so you can use this collected water later.
It is important that you shop around when it comes to people who operate cranes, your different contractors, as well as companies that offer energy efficient doors and windows. You want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth, and not spending more than you have too.