If nothing else - Go green for the greenback! To design and built energy efficient means more money for you. And if it means you sleep better at night because you are lowering your carbon foot print, kudos to you. It makes an impact. Per the Department of Energy households accounted for 21.8% of total energy consumption in the United States in 2014.
There are at least 3 straightforward means by which to create a more sustainable modern home:
There is absolutely no reason for you not to install photovoltaic solar panels with your house. Here in North Carolina it can be:
GIVE THOUSANDS OF $ IN TAX REBATES
INCREASE YOUR EQUITY
PROVIDE RENEWABLE ENERGY
No more excuses. Make some money!
There are tried and tested simple design considerations and construction methods that don’t have to cost you a dime more. For example:
Capture the southern sun with overhangs. It let’s the lower winter sun in and keeps the higher summer sun out.
Avoid large windows to the west. Or you will be baked in the evening hours.
Button up the skin of your home to keep the conditioned air inside.
When stick build, frame to maximize your insulation coverage.
There are hundreds of these. They will reduce your energy expenses and consumption drastically. Expect more from your home.
Expand on the first two. Simply follow the guidelines of a certification program such as:
LEED for Homes
NC Green Built
DOE Zero Energy Ready
There are plenty of measures to pick and chose from to save on energy and make it renewable. I’ll be happy to set you up with plenty of resources.
Reach out - I will hook you up.