It seems like the whole world is on a big “Go Green” kick these days and you may be wondering what all the hype is about, especially when it comes to your home. Is it worth it to transition all your home appliances over to “green,” energy efficient models? The answer is yes. Energy efficiency basically means doing more with less energy. When you use less energy, you save money on these costs. In the long run, by installing and implementing more energy efficient appliances and tools, you can cut your energy spendings by hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year. As your custom home builder in New Jersey, Distinctive Domain is excited to show you a few ways you can begin transitioning to a more energy efficient lifestyle.
Energy Star Appliances
If you’ve seen the “Energy Star” emblem on some of the newer appliance models, this means that that product is just as good, if not better, than the standard models, but the energy they require is significantly less and can save you a bundle on energy costs. Upgrading old appliances may seem expensive, but the money an energy efficient model saves you may eventually pay for itself.
LED Light Bulbs
While these light bulbs are more expensive than iridescent and fluorescent light bulbs, the energy savings, in the end, is worth it. To give you an idea of the cost savings of one LED light bulb, by replacing a regular 60-watt bulb with an LED, you can save $130 in energy costs over the lifetime of that LED bulb. So while the initial cost of the LED bulb is more than a cheap fluorescent bulb, you will gain that cost back exponentially over time.
Adding insulation to your walls and attic can help cut costs in your heating and cooling bills each month. Much of your home’s warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer escapes through thin walls and the roof of your home. By having insulation blown into these spaces, it seals air leaks and your heating and cooling units have to work less.
Energy Efficient Windows
Having old, leaky or single paned windows can decrease the energy efficiency of your home greatly. Newer windows with double panes, weather stripping, and even storm windows can ensure that minimal heat is lost through the windows during the winter.
If your home has a programmable thermostat, you can reduce heating and cooling costs during times of the day you don’t need it. For instance, when you are at work, asleep or away from home, by programming your thermostat to drop the temperature down 10 degrees, your heater or A/C units are not working to heat or cool the home unnecessarily when you are not there.
Let Distinctive Domain Help You Build Your Energy Efficient Home in New Jersey
Distinctive Domain is your design build experts when it comes to building energy efficient homes. Our team is a “green builder” and by implementing the most innovative energy efficient appliances and products, we can save you thousands of dollars in energy costs over the years. When you are looking for a custom home builder in New Jersey, look no further than Distinctive Domain to build the home of your dreams.