Thursday, June 16, 2016

Modern energy-efficient features every Keller homebuyer should know

Most new homebuyers want an energy-efficient home, and they're willing to make the necessary changes to help improve efficiency, whether it's changing their habits or buying more energy-efficient appliances. But reducing energy bills and making your home more efficient doesn't just begin with remembering to switch off lights in empty rooms or paying top-dollar for newer appliances.

As demand for greater energy efficiency has grown, the concept of more resourceful design has moved from the realm of luxury homes into the mainstream. If you're in the market for a new Keller home, here are energy-efficient design features to look for:

Superior insulation
Insulation doesn't just keep a home warm in the winter. It should also help keep it cooler in the summer, and help central air-conditioning units operate more efficiently. The R-Value of insulation tells you how well it will be able to resist heat transfer, and a higher R-Value means better heat resistance. To properly protect a home, builders may use a combination of insulation types, such as batt and blown insulations packed into ceiling, wall and floor cavities.

Low-E windows
Windows can be a significant source of heat transfer in a home, allowing heat to enter rooms in the summer and escape in winter. Low-emissive (Low-E) windows hinder heat transfer while still allowing daylight to pass through. Not only can Low-E windows help A/C units operate more efficiently, they can also prevent fading of fabrics, floor coverings and furniture from sunlight entering a home.

Air management
Air leaks can increase heating and cooling costs for a typical existing home in the United States by an average of 15 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A newly constructed home with properly sealed ductwork inside and tight airway leading outside can help reduce your energy bills.

Minimizing air leaks begins with tight construction in which all the joints where walls, floors and roofs come together are properly sealed. Weather stripping around doors and windows reduces air flow and prevents dust from entering. Inside, duct work should be properly sealed to prevent air leaks and condensation, and tested to ensure no leaks occur.

Water heating
The U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates that according to a Residential Energy Consumption Survey, water heating can account for nearly 20 percent of a home's total energy use. Modern, energy-efficient water heaters can heat the same amount of water as older models, while using less energy. If you're having a home built for you in Keller, ask the builder about installing an energy-efficient water heater.

Small, yet significant steps
Some steps that seem minor can actually add up to much greater energy efficiency long-term. For example, installing CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs rather than traditional incandescent bulbs wherever possible can help reduce electric bills. CFLs use less energy to produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, and can last much longer.

Programmable thermostats deliver improved comfort and can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. Reducing temperature settings just seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day can trim up to 10 percent off your utility bills, according to the Department of Energy. Programmable thermostats automate the process, so you can maintain a more comfortable temperature when needed and automatically change the setting when you're asleep or away from home.

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