One of the best parts of buying a custom home is that you’re able to have some control over the design and build of the house. If you’re like many Americans, you might becoming more eco-conscious and understand that building a green home can save you money and help the environment. Since you can save about 30% on green building materials in the form of tax credits, you’re probably looking for any way to greenify your new home. Here are a few tips for doing it.
1. Use Sustainable Materials
One of the best things you can do when you’re putting together luxury home plans for your home is to think carefully about the materials you’re going to use. Part of going green is reusing and recycling materials so work with your custom home builders to reclaim or find sustainable materials. You might consider using wood reclaimed from an old barn or bamboo in the build, if possible, since these are both greener options that using brand new or slower growing types of wood.
2. Install Large Windows
Another tip for building green is to install large windows where you can. This allows more natural light into the home, which reduces the need for the use of electricity to turn on lights. Additionally, larger windows will let in natural light and heat from the sun. Just make sure that these windows are well-sealed and weatherized for the colder months.
3. Choose Efficient Appliances
When you’re choosing appliances, ask your luxury custom home builders for recommendations of energy efficient systems and appliances. Furthermore, if you ask your builders to keep the home within Energy Star guidelines, you’re going to save at least about 20% on utility bills each year.
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