How to Build an Energy-Efficient Custom Home

June 4, 2024

At Clyde & Co., based in Northern Utah, we focus on creating homes that are not only beautiful and personalized but also energy-efficient. This supports environmental sustainability and helps homeowners save money. To build an energy-efficient custom home, we use a mix of practices and technologies to keep energy use low. This means following 12 key steps and using well-known materials and smart strategies to make an affordable home. Our goal is to ensure that from start to finish, your custom home will be both eco-friendly and a cozy place to live.

Key Takeaways

  • Energy Star-labeled appliances can save households about $500 per year on utility bills, contributing to energy-efficient custom homes.
  • Household appliances contribute to 20 to 25 percent of a home’s total utility bill, underscoring the importance of choosing energy-efficient options.
  • Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can reduce energy costs significantly, with geothermal heat pumps being 45 percent more efficient.
  • High-quality insulation and air sealing are crucial for reducing heating and cooling losses, which can account for 25 to 30 percent of energy consumption.
  • Installing solar panels can stabilize electricity bills, especially as solar energy costs have fallen by over 70 percent in the past decade.

Planning Your Energy-Efficient Custom Home

At Clyde & Co., we begin by understanding the energy needs of each client in Northern Utah. We make sure your custom home design matches your lifestyle and the local weather. This helps us pick the right passive house designs and energy-efficient materials for you. Our experience lets us customize our advice for the best energy savings.

Assessing Your Energy Needs

It’s essential to know your specific energy needs for an efficient home. We look at your local climate, home size, and how much energy you use daily. This helps us suggest things like passive house design. For example, in Central New Jersey, spray foam insulation and tankless water heaters save energy. Solar panels can also lower your electricity costs a lot.

  • Spray foam insulation
  • ZIP System® sheathing
  • Tankless hot water heaters
  • All-electric homes
  • Solar panels

In Central New Jersey, geothermal energy uses the earth’s stable temperatures for heating and cooling, saving you money over time. The color of your roof matters too. Light roofs reflect the sun’s heat, while dark roofs keep your home warm in cold weather.

Financing Options for Energy Efficiency

Paying for energy-saving upgrades can be easy with the right choices. At Clyde & Co., we help homeowners find financing that fits their budget and savings goals. We recommend looking at loans and green mortgages. These help you invest in efficient features like LED lights and smart thermostats without breaking the bank.

Investments like low-flow fixtures and efficient appliances reduce your bills and pay off over time. Using sustainable energy and efficient materials cuts down the cost of running your home. This leads to big savings.

  1. Traditional Loans
  2. Green Mortgages
  3. State and Federal Incentives

Bay to Beach Builders Inc. builds custom homes that save up to 30% in energy. This smart choice saves money and helps the planet.

Incorporating Energy-Efficient Materials and Designs

At Clyde & Co., our mission is making custom homes more energy-efficient. We do this by focusing on better house framing, insulation, and window choices. These efforts help us find the perfect mix of green living and comfort.

net-zero energy homes

Advanced House Framing Techniques

We aim for net-zero energy in our homes by using advanced framing methods. These strategies use fewer materials and lessen heat escape. They set the stage for a very efficient and sturdy home.

Insulation and Air Sealing

Insulation and air sealing are key to our building process. We work from the attic to the basement to block energy leaks. This keeps our homes comfy in all kinds of weather.

Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors

We carefully pick windows and doors to save energy. These choices help your heating and cooling systems work better. Plus, by adding solar power, we mix old and new ways to save energy.

These steps strengthen your home and promote sustainable building. Using energy-saving designs, our homes are top-notch in performance and use less energy. To learn more, check out sustainable energy-efficient homes for extra information.

Leveraging Technology and Renewable Energy

At Clyde & Co., we see the importance of using technology and renewable energy. This is essential for building energy-efficient custom homes in Northern Utah. We use the latest systems and practices to make homes that are not only efficient but also very comfortable.

Smart Home Automation

Our homes stand out because we incorporate smart home automation. These systems make it easy for homeowners to check and control their energy use. With things like programmable thermostats and smart lights, smart automation is key in using energy wisely. It makes life smoother and helps save a lot of energy, matching the energy use to how the homeowner lives.

Renewable Energy Integration

Net-Zero Energy custom homes are getting more popular, especially in places like Bend, Oregon. So, focusing on renewable energy is important to us. These homes make as much clean energy as they use, cutting down the need for non-renewable energy. Solar power is a big part of our plan because it’s easy to get and really effective. Good solar systems can cover a home’s electricity needs all year, helping the planet and saving money.

renewable energy integration

Energy-Efficient Appliances

We also pick appliances that use less energy for our homes. We always choose appliances that meet ENERGY STAR standards. These appliances improve the home’s efficiency and help save money on bills over time. Using energy-efficient appliances means the whole home uses less energy, from keeping it warm or cool to everyday tasks.

We bring together renewable energy, smart automation, and efficient appliances at Clyde & Co. Our custom homes are all about modern sustainability and better living. This approach to energy efficiency sets our homes apart and offers lasting benefits to our homeowners.

Conclusion

At Clyde & Co., we’re passionate about guiding homeowners in Northern Utah to build eco-friendly homes. We focus on green strategies, sustainable living, and modern tech. This way, we create homes that are gentle on Earth and save energy in the long run.

Our approach makes every custom home a showcase of sustainable building benefits. Homes we build have top-notch insulation, saving a lot of energy. They also feature energy-saving windows and doors, cutting energy bills by up to 25%. Plus, with ENERGY STAR appliances and systems, customers see big savings and help the planet.

These energy-efficient homes often sell for more, raising their value over time. We add smart technologies too, like LED lights that use 75% less energy and intelligent thermostats for better energy control. Our homes become havens for people and the environment. For more details or to discuss your energy-efficient dream home, call us at (385) 214-6247.

FAQ

How do we start planning an energy-efficient custom home?

At Clyde & Co., we start by looking at what you need for energy. We take the local weather in Northern Utah into account. We aim to design a home that saves energy and keeps you comfortable.

What financing options are available for energy-efficient custom homes?

You have a few financing choices, like regular loans and green mortgages. These options help you add energy-saving features to your home more easily.

How do advanced house framing techniques contribute to energy efficiency?

Advanced framing uses less wood and better insulation, cutting down on heat loss. This makes your home structure more efficient and reduces energy use.

Why is insulation and air sealing important in an energy-efficient home?

Insulation and air sealing stop energy from escaping. By focusing on the attic to the basement, we keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

What are the benefits of energy-efficient windows and doors?

Energy-efficient windows and doors keep your heating and cooling inside. This saves on energy bills and makes your home more comfortable.

How does smart home automation enhance energy efficiency?

Smart home tech lets you track and adjust your energy use. You can change settings in real-time to save energy and money.

What renewable energy options can we integrate into our custom home?

We can add solar panels and other renewable sources to your home. This cuts down on non-renewable energy use, lowers bills, and is good for the planet.

What are the advantages of using energy-efficient appliances?

Appliances that meet ENERGY STAR standards use less energy. This saves you money over time and is better for the environment.

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