We all want to be more energy efficient, particularly in our homes, but you may be struggling with what that really means. Sure, you can do simple things like shut the lights off when you leave a room or purchase a smart thermostat, but what does it really mean to have an energy-efficient home? How can it benefit both the environment and your energy bill?
According to EnergyStar, in 2015, American families and businesses saved $34 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from 63 million vehicles. About 1.6 million new homes and 29,700 buildings in this country are considered truly energy efficient.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of an energy-efficient home:
- Energy-efficient homes, upgrades and appliances can earn you an incentive such as tax rebates on the national and state levels.
- Energy-efficient construction saves more than $500 million a year in energy costs in the United States.
- About 830,000 jobs were added last year as part of the energy efficient movement.
- Green homes are more comfortable homes, circulating heat and cold more efficiently for even comfort throughout the house.
- The use of fewer of our country’s energy resources such as oil means we don’t have to rely on foreign countries as much for the fuel we need. This benefits us as well as future generations.
- Homeowners are spending less on their energy bills than ever before.
- The thermal envelope between the inside living space and the outdoors is more insulative, allowing less heat and cold to escape.
- Energy-efficient innovations and energy-efficient policies help manufacturers make break-throughs in newer, more advanced products. Take lighting products, for example. Newer standards require light bulbs to be 25% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, leading to more options that range from LED streetlights to dimmable CFLs.
- Easy on the environment, with less wasting of energy and natural resources. This reduces our carbon footprint.
- Fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Today, about 16 percent of greenhouse gases originate from residential homes; with more energy-efficient homes being built, this number will go down drastically.
- Fewer maintenance and utility expenses. For example, homes with EnergyStar appliances use between 15 and 30 percent less energy than other new homes, and certainly much more than resale homes.
If you are a homeowner who shares our enthusiasm for energy efficient homes, we welcome you to take a look at one of our many green communities, such as our newest addition, The Reserve at Creekside. Homes in this development feature quality construction, Andersen® windows, and state-of-the-art appliances for a truly energy-efficient, low-maintenance lifestyle. Call Judd Builders today for more information on how we put the environment first.