If you're scouring the market to find your perfect

by:MPS     2020-05-13
Many builders understand this and are catering to the eco-conscious shopper by integrating environmentally kind features into their properties. When looking at homes, have a list of energy efficient features you want, as well as those you won't live without. Whenever possible, try to reach out to the actual builder of the property to ask questions about its energy efficient qualities. Specifically, here are a few things to watch out for: Low-e windows. Low thermal emissivity windows help control the amount of heat and UV light flow that comes into the home. A thin, reflective metal coating is added to the glass to achieve this. It is also commonly agreed that low-e windows help keep radiant heat inside the home more efficiently. Insulation. Protecting your home's interior against outdoor climate fluctuations is paramount to regulating its temperature. Ask about the insulation's R-value (the rating system for how efficient an insulation is). The higher the number, the better quality product. Check to see if the builder exceeded standard building codes by adding extra insulation, and inquire about what type of insulation was used. Fiberglass versus foam, for example. Appliances. If the home comes stocked with appliances, great. Just be sure that they are Energy Star qualified. Low flow faucets and water-saving flushing systems on toilets are two things many home buyers overlook, but larger, more energy sucking appliances - such as refrigerators, washers and dryers - should be addressed, too. Did your builders have the training and industry knowledge to construct a truly energy efficient home, or did they simply give it their best? Check to see if your builder is connected to any green building associations in your area. Is your builder recognized as a Green Professional Builder by the National Association of Homebuilders? Or partnered with Energy Star? Heating and cooling a home throughout the year requires a lot of energy. See what the energy efficiency rating requirement is in your area, and ask whether or not the home's system meets or exceeds that requirement. Smart irrigation. Especially if you live in a hot, dry area, you'll want to ask about irrigation. Ideally, there will be a rain rerouting system of some sort in place. But if the yard has automatic sprinklers, at least be sure they have rain sensors and modes of manual operation to avoid using water when you don't have to. Buying a home is a big decision, and you want to ensure you make the correct choice because you'll be living there for years to come. Think about all the big and small energy-saving needs you want your house to meet before making your selection.
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