Energy-Efficient Houses
in Raleigh NC

One of the biggest benefits, aside from the customization abilities, of purchasing a new construction home is the energy efficiencies that come with it. While millennials are leading the change with global warming initiatives and lifestyle changes, many people in the market for a home also care about these issues. Energy-efficient homes are in high demand in today’s real estate market.

One of the downsides of purchasing an older home is that the systems like heating, cooling or plumbing are out of date or inefficient. Even older appliances are not built like they are now to conserve and use energy or water in the most efficient manner. If you end up purchasing an older home, updating these systems can be extremely expensive and difficult, but if you don’t, repairs and eventual replacements can really put a hurting on your wallet. Another reason why energy-efficient homes are desired is that they save you money. Ultimately, the idea is to minimize the use of utilities in your home, which reduces your bills and reduces the impact on the environment.

New construction energy-efficient home designs are extremely popular right now and for all the right reasons. There are several ways how to make your home more energy-efficient or what to look for when purchasing a new home:

Construction

One aspect that is often overlooked is making sure that the construction of the home is airtight. Making sure

All the joints and seams are flush and the proper joining or overlay processes have been adhered to because those issues can lead to heating and cooling losses. Even the smallest gaps can lead to noticeable differences in your utility bills. This ultimately comes down to the skill and experience of the builders working on your home.

Sealing

Air ducts, electrical outlets, around windows/doors and other gaps can lead to inefficient heating and cooling.

Ensure that a good quality sealant is used to close up these gaps is crucial but also, checking them over time because the elements can really take their toll on breaking them down.

Windows

It may seem obvious, but spending the money on quality, energy-rated windows can make a big difference.

Due to their size and number throughout a normal home, windows present a significant opportunity for issues. In the summer, windows allow the sun rays to beam in and create extra heat inside the home, which, in turn, forces the air conditioning unit to work harder to keep the temperature constant. During the winter, the large surface area of the windows cools down the air against it from the inside, which, in turn, forces the heater to work harder to keep the temperature constant. Look for windows with the highest ratings and don’t be afraid to spend the extra money because, in the long run, they will save you money and add value to the home.

Lighting

Sometimes disregarded as a legitimate way to conserve energy, but changing all the lightbulbs in your home to LED

or other energy-rated options can save money over time. Incandescent light bulbs create light through the process of heating the filament up; however, this process is extremely inefficient. Roughly 90% of the energy used by an incandescent lightbulb is wasted as heat.

Appliances

Washer, dryer, refrigerator and stove/oven are the biggest energy users out of all the appliances in your household.

Choosing appliances that maximize efficiency is key to lowering your power usage and impact on the environment. Refrigerators are a big culprit for wasted energy and since they run 24/7, electricity is always being drawn. Washers are big consumers of water and energy and ovens use power, which produces heat that can put a small amount of strain on the cooling system in the home. Not only will buying cheaper appliances potentially cause you problems with repairs and maintenance more often, but they will also cost you more money to run.

Systems

Water heater, furnace, and HVAC are the three big systems in a home that truly allow residents to live comfortably.

A water heater, with routine maintenance, will have a serviceable life of about 8-12 years. A furnace lasts a bit longer with an average lifespan of about 15 years, and HVAC systems will range from 15-25 years in usability. While energy-efficient models may not last longer than others, they will, just like other energy-efficient methods, reduce the amount of money that you pay in the long run. Older water heaters and furnaces waste a lot of energy and HVAC units and systems can easily be stressed and forced to work harder. New construction homes will be much more likely to include energy-efficient systems.

Insulation

One component that can help ease the burden of the furnace and the HVAC system in a home is quality insulation.

Spray Foam insulation is often considered the best because of its expansive properties (fills every tiny spot) and because it has a high R-value (rating for insulation). Insulation helps keep the desired temperature inside the home by preventing overheating and heat loss. Overheating and heat loss is like throwing money out the window. Poor insulation in a home, especially in the attic, can be extremely costly on a yearly basis.

New construction homes are more likely to be energy-efficient homes that utilize most, or all of the ways discussed above. It’s easy to see how just a few of these differences can make a huge difference when the time to pay the bills comes. At Mornington Estates, the homes that we build are very energy efficient from the insulation all the way to the appliances and everything in between. We understand that the functionality of a home includes the operating costs and we want our customers to get the most energy-efficient homes possible.

For more information or to schedule a viewing please contact Renee Smith of Fonville Morisey at 919.918.0003 and she will be happy to assist.

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