Why Are New Homes More Efficient?

Purchasing a new home can be a great investment, especially if it is a semi or fully custom-built masterpiece. One of the greatest advantages of a new home purchase is the ability to acquire a space that is more energy-efficient than your last home. This is an attractive quality because it allows the homeowner to maintain the home for a lot less in terms of utility and energy expenses. Some of the reasons why new homes are more energy-efficient than older builds include:

Societal Changes

In America, a green movement has erupted, and it has encouraged builders to make more efficient choices when building new homes. Energy-efficient homes are more appealing to buyers because they can now live somewhere they feel proud of, while reducing their carbon footprint. Today’s buyers demand energy efficiency, and smart builders have accommodated them.

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is working with ENERGY STAR to bring the benefits of energy efficiency and lower utility bills to Maryland residents. ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, is a voluntary labeling program to identify products that save energy and protect the environment. Maryland’s Energy Administration offers this quick guide to “Empower You to Save Money.”

Better Insulation

Today, homes are much better insulated than they were years ago. Also, electricity and natural gas were much less expensive than they are today. By upgrading to a newer home, you are also going to receive the benefit of greater efficiency.

More Efficient Windows

Single-pane windows have quickly replaced double-pane windows as the norm for newly-built homes because of their high-level of energy efficiency. Additionally, the old aluminum frames that conducted heat and cold into homes have been replaced with more efficient vinyl options.

More Efficient Appliances

Modern homeowners and homebuilders have begun to recognize the need for energy-efficient appliances. Energy-efficient furnaces, air conditioners, kitchen appliances, and water heaters help conserve energy and keep your home running smoothly. Read more about ENERGY STAR appliances here.

Smarter Building

New homes may boast additional features that help with organization and efficiency. These may include installing solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, or zoning different areas of the home so that heat can be cut off in one area that is not being used.

Looking for a homebuilder in Maryland’s Eastern Shore? We’d love to meet you and explore our home designs and available homesites. At Lacrosse Homes, we provide energy-efficient solutions with our homeowners in mind.

Contact us today for more information!