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Energy Efficiency of New Build Homes

June 27, 2024
Roosevelt Exterior
How are new homes energy efficient? Learn how here.

Energy efficiency is all about how to get the most out of something while exerting the least effort and with the lowest cost. In home design, energy efficiency means using the least amount of power while still maintaining a comfortable and functioning home. In the end, homeowners of such homes will have the lowest energy bills. What supplies the energy efficiency of new build homes? Are they more energy-saving than older constructions? Let’s find out.

It Starts with a Great Design

Some might argue that new construction homes are more energy-efficient than older homes, but is it true? It all depends on how the builder goes about it. Not all new construction homes are built excellently. A truly outstanding contractor will use high-quality materials and work with a design that promotes savings for the homeowner.

Energy Efficiency Components of New Build Homes

House Position

In Maryland, you can gain some energy savings by facing the house south. When the southside has the most windows and the north has the least, you will get the most sunlight during winter. This north-south positioning allows people to use less heating and cooling in each respective season.

Energy-Efficient Roof, Walls, and Floor

All sides of the house must have proper insulation, enough to hold its indoor temperature. Lighter-colored siding and roofing will reflect light rather than absorb heat. Meanwhile, a concrete slab and insulated flooring will protect the house from the ground temperature.

Energy-Efficient Windows

If there is any part of a house where energy can escape or enter the most easily, it is the windows. Thankfully, energy-efficient windows help your home retain cooler or warmer temperatures.

Energy Star Utilities

Energy Star-rated utilities like HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical systems are paramount for promoting energy efficiency in new build homes. These inner workings of your home will also need to use as little energy as possible while performing great. 

Energy Star Household Appliances

Household appliances like dishwashers, ranges, and dryers can take up significant electricity or gas, but Energy Star ratings can be your guiding light to more cost-saving options.

Energy-Efficient Lighting

In the evenings and even the mornings, indoor lighting is something we cannot do without. However, they produce heat. LED lights, among other options, produce the most brightness and the least energy to date. 

Energy Efficient Habits

Your new home can have all these features, and yet you can still find yourself spending more than your neighbor. Energy efficiency is also a lifestyle; practicing good habits, like opening windows during the cool hours of the day only, will help even more.

Let Ameri-Star Homes Build Your New Custom Home!

Ameri-Star Homes was built on the idea that a home is not complete until the homeowner is 100% satisfied. That’s right, completely satisfied homeowners. Whether you want a home built on one of our home sites or on your own land, count on the same high quality from Ameri-Star. We have set out to exceed all your expectations of integrity, affordability, and customer satisfaction. Build lasting memories for years to come with Ameri-Star Homes. 

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