4 Energy Efficient Strategies for New Homes or Remodels

Simple design features can make a big difference in the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Some energy efficient strategies require an increased upfront cost, but you should have a quick return on investment by decreasing utility bills.

Energy Efficient Strategies

Home Placement – Did you know the position and placement of your house in relation to the sun, wind and other surroundings can make a huge difference in your heating and cooling costs? A simple directional or design tweak can make the difference between enjoying the winter sun streaming in the windows to overheating because of exposure in the summer. If you are in the design phase of a new home, take a cue from passive solar home design to position your house to achieve natural energy efficiency. If you are searching for ways to enhance your current home, consider planting deciduous trees on the west and south sides of your home. The leaves will create shade to shelter you from summer sun and the bare branches in winter will allow the sun to passively warm your home.

Windows and Doors – Poorly designed or poorly installed windows and doors can mimic a big gaping energy hole. Control window and door heat loss and gain by selecting quality energy efficient window and door products, carefully locating them, and properly installing them.

Insulation – Think of insulation as a thermos, keeping warm things warm and cool things cool. Low levels of insulation or gaps and voids in the insulation, can provide access for heat and air to easily flow into or out of a home. Upgrading your home with energy efficient insulation is one of the quickest energy-payback projects you can do.

Heating and Cooling – Highly-efficient, cost-effective, heating and cooling systems are essential to maintaining an energy efficient home. Utility bills are the among the highest costs of operating a household. As you know, your HVAC system can constitute a large portion of your utilities. A high-quality, efficient system that is properly installed and properly maintained can provide years of comfort for your home.

We would be happy to discuss more energy saving solutions with you. Northside Tool Rental has the tools to complete all your home improvement projects. Our experts are here to guide!