If you’re currently in the market for a green home or custom home in DFW, you’ll want to take note of the items listed below to ensure you get the most “bang” for your “buck”.
1. Insulating material
A sufficient amount of insulation is essential for an environmentally-friendly house. Outer walls, basement and cellar walls, floor coverings as well as attic spaces should be properly insulated to increase energy efficiency and lower heating and air conditioning expenses.
2. Window options
Windows that save energy are becoming more popular then ever when “going green”, and they are certainly more affordable. Both the amount of windows and style of windows you install in your house will have an effect on heating expenses in the wintertime and air conditioning expenses in summer months (which we all know can be extremely expensive in DFW).
3. Door and window location
The location of doors and windows should be designed in specific locations that take full advantage of the natural sunlight. Diffusing direct sunlight can be achieved by the use of solar screens.
The need for electrical and artificial lighting can be reduced by placing some skylights throughout the home in well thought-out areas.
5. Storm water containment
Proper handling of water will enable you to decrease run-off and take advantage of that water for gardening and landscaping. It will also reduce your dependence on water transported to your home via pipes and automated sprinkler systems.
6. Geo-thermal heat pump systems
These units will help maintain a comfortable climate indoors with significantly reduced energy consumption and costs.
7. Solar panel systems
Integrating solar panel systems into the home’s style and design can provide maximum returns and may enable you to operate your house partially, or completely, off-grid.
8. Exterior components
Consult with your DFW home builder regarding the use of heat-reflective materials that will naturally reduce energy expenses.
9. Ductwork sealing
Make certain that all ductwork is completely taped and sealed to prevent the loss of heat.
10. Landscape design
Eco-friendly design definitely doesn’t end with the planning and design of the house itself. Landscape and garden designs are often used to improve the energy-efficiency of your house and property. For instance, carefully planting trees to provide shade in the summer season.
Integrating green home design into a new or established dwelling is a rewarding project which reduces the environmental effects of your home and will enable you to spend less on energy expenses.