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Building Your Home To Be Energy Efficient

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 22, 2013

Individuals who choose to have a home built to their specifications can include many “green” features that will save them money on utilities and other expenses, including taxes. When building custom homes PA contractors know the rules and regulations the EPA has set in place to protect the environment. Guidelines can be obtained that provide details on energy saving materials and techniques which will reduce the impact of the new home on the environment.

The EPA has designed the ENERGY STAR rating system to help homeowners improve their energy savings in both new and existing homes. Homeowners are discovering that building a green home does have its advantages. Solar panels can be placed on a home and used to dramatically cut the cost of heating and cooling the home for years to come. Along with tightly sealed ductwork and joints throughout the home, this can produce exceptional savings. Effective insulation is another plus that can be added while the home is still under construction.

When building new custom homes PA contractors use high performance, energy saving windows that seal out extreme temperatures while keeping moderated temps inside. Contractors can also suggest energy efficient appliances as well. Water heaters, refrigerators and heating and cooling systems that are rated for high energy efficiency can be installed as the home is built so the new home owner can begin to realize immediate savings. Contractors and builders can also assure the home has proper ventilation without compromising the tightness and structural soundness of the home.

To be considered an ENERGY STAR home, a third party must be able to verify the newly constructed dwelling meets and exceeds the standards put in place by the EPA. A home inspector or an insurance agent that specializes in insuring homes and businesses can provide the verification and qualify the home as ENERGY STAR approved.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com