From sustainable techniques to conscientious sourcing, homeowners are embracing the green homes trend more and more. Nowadays, it’s all about mixing eco friendly home upgrades with your personal style in order to create an interior that is both energy efficient and modern. At BrightLeaf Homes, we’ve seen an increase in clients’ interest for these kinds of green homes.
In this article, we’re going to share some of our most common energy efficient home design tips. As certified green home builders, we highly recommend you incorporate any of these design elements into your custom home plans so you can achieve your eco friendly home dreams.
What Is an Energy Efficient Home?
Interest in owning an energy efficient home has gained a lot of traction over the past few decades. But what are the qualifications for these green homes?
Eco friendly homes are built to lower a homeowner’s carbon footprint, conserve energy, and lower their utility costs, all while also providing a healthier, more comfortable environment to live in, which is increasingly important after the 2020 pandemic.
Energy-Efficient Home Design Tips
Aside from all the building materials and processes that can make a home more energy efficient behind the walls, there are elements you can incorporate into your interior design to make it a more eco friendly home.
Start with Smart and Simple Design
Maximizing your energy efficient space can go a long way in creating and maintaining a long-lasting high performance home. You want each room or space to serve a purpose – not simply exist as extra but useless square footage. Work with a design-build firm that’s known for being green home builders who will strategically help you in your floor plan layout. This way, you’ll know you’re closer to achieving an energy efficient home design.
Use Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
Not all HVAC systems are created equally. In many green homes, the heating and cooling system has been engineered specifically for the home and installed to efficiently deliver comfort and consistent temperatures across every room. You won’t have any drafty or stuffy rooms and will have a constant supply of fresh, filtered air with reduced indoor pollutants, dust, pollen, and other allergens. Not only will this give you an energy efficient home, but a healthy one, too!
Install a Tankless Water Heater
Have you ever considered how much energy is wasted maintaining a large tank of water constantly at a heated temperature even when you don’t need it? That’s one major disadvantage of traditional water heaters.
Tankless water heaters are designed to instantly heat water as it passes through, negating the need for a large holding tank. Because of this, tankless water heaters consume far less energy than their traditional counterparts making them a staple in many green homes. Plus you’ll never run short of hot water no matter how many other people showered before you.
Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances
There are some great options that don’t compromise on quality when it comes to appliances. Energy star appliances are the most environmentally-responsible products that are entering the market for eco friendly homes.
These appliances are designed to use minimum levels of energy. More companies are indulging in making this kind of appliance, resulting in a wide range of products and prices. Not only will you reduce your monthly bills, but you’ll also save money on buying these appliances by investing in a higher quality product.
Implement Solar Tempering for Efficient Energy Consumption
Solar tempering is a fancy word used to describe orienting your home’s layout and increasing window exposure on the south facing side to maximize natural light. More natural light means less need for electric-sourced light during the daytime, resulting in a more energy efficient home.
This is a small but extremely effective element to incorporate into all designs for green homes, and is also cost effective.
Invest in Quality Doors and Windows
As much as one-fourth of a building’s heating and cooling loss happens through its windows, so they are a critical component in maintaining the comfort of your living space and maintaining an energy efficient home.
Some of today’s most energy efficient windows are available in a variety of materials including wood, aluminum, and vinyl to match your personal design style. We recommend triple panes of glass with an inert gas between them for even better efficiency. The glass itself is available in low E, or low emissivity, which is glass with a special coating that reduces thermal conductivity without affecting the quality of light passing through.
Build a Green Home with BrightLeaf Homes
Like all dedicated green home builders, we’re constantly seeking opportunities to improve the health and performance of our homes.
Designing an energy efficient home is about smart building practices. Every crack is sealed. Every space serves a purpose. Lots are chosen for optimal placement and windows utilize natural light. The entirety of your energy efficient home is planned to perform at its best.
Currently, we’re the only builder to receive the Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award for Custom Homes in Illinois – not just once, but four times (with an Honorable Mention in 2018 as well). Other companies say they build to these energy efficient home standards, but we prove it with thorough inspections and rigorous third party testing – we want to be sure every home we construct meets our highest expectations for quality, durability, and performance.
Design your custom project with BrightLeaf Homes so you can be confident you’re getting an energy efficient, eco friendly, and high performance home that is specifically built for your family’s lifestyle. Schedule a call with us today to begin your journey!