How New Homes are More Energy Efficient Today
A few years ago, the size of homes were actually shrinking when the market crashed. Today, homes are getting bigger again, with McMansions popping up all over the place. If you’re considering a new home in the Kansas City area, you may think that the bigger the home, the more energy used – and the worse the impact on the environment. While this is true to a point, today’s homes are more energy efficient than ever before, including bigger, upscale homes.
New home builders today have so much new technology available, giving us the opportunity to build homes that are not only environmentally friendly, but state-of-the-art. Your home benefits your family’s health, the planet, and perhaps most important of all, your budget, as monthly utility costs are lowered.
Essentially, new homes that are built incorporating energy-efficient features use less energy, without sacrificing comfort or quality. In addition, these homes hold their value better, and require less maintenance.
As Kansas City new custom home builders, we incorporate many features into the homes we build to make them more energy efficient. ENERGY STAR rated homes are required to meet a plethora of guidelines implemented by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Some of the features that make today’s new homes more energy efficient include:
- highly optimized HVAC equipment
- refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances
- rated for optimal energy efficiency
- high performance doors
- multiple pane or energy efficient windows
- energy efficient insulation
- air sealing, tight construction
There are countless ways to make homes more energy efficient today, including programmable thermostats, radiant barrier roof decking, added insulation in attics, crawl spaces, and other areas, and more. Homeowners want to enjoy a comfortable home while reducing their carbon footprint – and saving money on energy costs only adds to the enjoyment of a beautiful, quality home that is also energy efficient.
According to the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), sustainability and energy efficiency are some of the most sought-after features home buyers across the nation want today. Builders are responding to these demands, saying that whether it’s building materials that are sustainable or improved insulation, today’s new homes are expected to be not only more durable, but capable of reaching increased energy performance. New home buyers are willing to pay a bit more initially for energy efficient homes knowing that their utility bills will show a return in terms of decreased energy usage and cost.
At Syler Custom Homes, we know that for most families, a home is the biggest investment you will ever make. Today’s new homes provide Kansas City metro residents with a home that reflects your design tastes, invites comfort and relaxation, and is energy efficient – a home you will be proud to call your own, and one that will cost less when monthly utility bills roll in! Give us a call today, and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your new home will meet all of your criteria.