While older homes have their charm, building a new house is a unique opportunity to customize building materials, layouts and add-ons that can make your home more energy efficient.
When shopping for the fixtures and appliances you’ll be installing in your new home, make sure to think about both the initial and long-term cost. Less efficient appliances may be cheaper up front, but be more expensive when lifetime energy usage is taken into account.
Consider these energy efficient fixtures and appliances for your home
- Programmable thermostats: A programmable thermostat can be set to change the target temperature throughout the day to account for times when your family is at work, school or sleeping. If you’re looking for more, consider a remote thermostat, like the ComfortLink™ II which can be paired with the Nexia™ system and your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer to control your HVAC system from anywhere.
- Low-flow water fixtures: Low-flow shower heads, toilets and other water fixtures can help reduce manage your water usage. Ask your plumber for recommendations that will provide the right balance of comfort and efficiency for you.
- Tankless water heaters: Tankless water heaters instantly heat up water as you need it, which is more efficient than keeping a tank of water hot all the time. While tankless water heaters can reduce your energy bill, they are currently more expensive than traditional water heaters. If you’re considering a tankless system, do some research to make sure the long-term energy savings will make up for the difference in price.
- Efficient appliances: When shopping for appliances like stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, make sure to consider the estimated annual energy usage of each. Look for ENERGY STAR certified products to keep gas and electric costs down and minimize the total lifetime cost of your appliances.