Understanding Energy Efficiency

Understanding Energy Efficiency

Some of the advantages of a custom built home are obvious.  It’s a chance to have a home exactly the way you want it, with no agonizing trade-offs between a gourmet kitchen or master suite, or hardwood floors vs wrap-around windows.  But one of the best features is also a hidden one: energy efficiency.  When your new home is built to EnergyStar standards, it’s better in more ways than one.


More Livable

An energy efficient home is a more livable home.  A high quality HVAC system will keep your home cool in the summer when temperatures rise, and cozy throughout the long, cold winters.  If you invest in proper doors, windows, and insulation, you’ll also enjoy an environment that is free from drafts.  Your home will retain a balanced temperature no matter the seasons.

An energy efficient home also has the advantage of reducing and eliminating dust, pollen and pets.  Turns out energy efficiency isn’t just about heating – it’s good for seasonal allergies too!   Your ventilation system will include an air exchanger that expels stale air from the home and draws in fresh outdoor air through a filter.


More Cost Effective

An energy efficient home is a more cost effective home.  Did you know that on average, 63% of the total energy used in a home goes towards heating?  That percentage may be even higher in the north.  A well-insulated home with a highly efficient heating system will reduce the amount of gas and electricity you use, ensuring that your utility bills are as low as possible.

Another cost savings comes from low-flow toilets and shower heads.  These will help reduce both water usage and the cost of heating water.  Interested in saving even more money?  You can choose to outfit your new custom home with EnergyStar appliances, as well.


More Resale Value

The resale value of your home may be the last thing on your mind right now, but it will be a factor some day.  If and when you sell, your custom-built, energy efficient home will stand head and shoulders above other homes on the market.  That appeal is only going to increase as the years go on and energy prices rise.


The choices you make today will go a long way toward determining comfort of your living space and the money saved (or wasted) on utilities.  You can save yourself time and worry with an ENERGY STAR® certified home, built by contractors who are committed to a higher standard of energy efficiency. Each home is inspected, tested, and verified by a third-party energy advisor.  This ensures your home meets the strict standards developed by Natural Resources Canada.

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