Building a new home comes with a lot of decisions. From budgets to bedrooms, you want to make sure you are making the right choices for a long-term, and enjoyable place for you and your family. Many buyers are also looking to build a home that is also environmentally friendly, and while there are some bold options, there are smaller opportunities along the way that make a big difference.
Windows and Doors
Quality windows and doors not only improve a home’s curb appeal, but they can also reduce energy usage, decrease air infiltration that brings in dust and allergens, and lessen interior noise. It is estimated that depending on your energy usage homeowners can save up to 20% of their cooling and heating costs with low maintenance exterior windows. This is why many of the homes featured at The Reserve on the Saluda have Pella® products. Pella windows and doors offer energy-efficient choices that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR certification in all of the 50 states.
Scale Your HVAC
With South Carolina weather, having a working and efficient HVAC system is essential. Standard air conditioners last usually between 10 and 15 years if they are well maintained on a yearly basis. Heaters typically can last 15-20 years with routine maintenance. With energy conservation considerations guiding the decisions of many purchasers, customers can qualify for a $500 federal tax credit by installing Energy Star equipment. The homes in The Reserve on the Saluda feature an energy-efficient HVAC system for each floor.
When building your new home, you should consider where your building materials are coming from. You may want to materials made from recycled products or repurpose materials from the area. Many of the homes at The Reserve on the Saluda use materials that are locally sourced. Some ways this can be done is using the pine trees for hardwood flooring and trim. Another method of staying environmentally conscious is to work with local suppliers in West Columbia. Getting your supplies from these community businesses not only helps the local economy, but it also cuts down on fuel, transportation, and packaging waste.
Efficient Water Fixtures
There are several ways that fixtures for the kitchen and bath have evolved lately to help the environment, but most importantly is to use a quality product that doesn’t leak. The EPA estimates that leaks in the average household waste about 10,000 gallons per year, causing a significant spike in your water bill. By installing quality faucets and toilets, you won’t need to worry about leaks and can cut back even further on your water usage.
In between floorplans and picking out furniture, make sure to consider these eco-friendly options to help protect the environment. It will save you time, hassle, and will let you enjoy your new home for years to come.