There are heaps of homeowner benefits when ensuring your home is environmentally friendly. Many homeowners seek eco-conscious solutions due to cost savings. Fortunately, whether you are a new or used homeowner, there are quite a few ways you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
Ask Builders About Sustainable Construction Practices
Many homes built today are crafted with sustainability in mind. Construction practices have evolved to ensure less upkeep required on the homeowner’s behalf. When meeting with potential builders, ask about different building packages and clarify which energy-efficient features are included. At Avtec, our Eco-Star® high-performance homes use half the electricity of typical households. Also, our homes come standard with a wide variety of energy-saving features, including:
- Energy-efficient heat pump water heating system
- R-38 ceiling insulation
- R-7 wall insulation with double furring strips
- 16 SEER air-conditioning unit
- Nest thermostats
- Solar powered attic ventilation fan
- Radiant heat barrier between ceiling and roof
- Kitchen and bath fans ventilated to outside
- Air conditioner unit located in conditioned space
- Pressure tight tested air ducting
- Low-E double pane windows
- Deluxe Energy Star rated appliances
- 100% energy-efficient LED lighting
- 4 to 5 ceiling fan outlets as per plan
- Sealed adhesive roof underlayment
- Exceeds FPL BuildSmart® specifications
Our Eco-Star® features vary by location, visit our website for more information.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are a fantastic way to make your home more environmentally friendly. As a homeowner, you have the option of either leasing or renting solar panels monthly. What may seem like a costly addition to your home actually pays for itself in approximately 10-20 years.
Upgrade to Eco-Friendly Appliances
If you aren’t ready to buy a new home or transition to solar energy, you’re not at a loss. A substantial stride towards achieving an energy-efficient home includes upgrading your household appliances. Most homeowners would be surprised to learn how costly it is to use and maintain an old dishwasher, refrigerator, or washing machine. Electrical home appliances account for up to 30% of your total home energy use.