7 Ways New Homes Lower Your Utility Costs
By continually increasing their energy efficiency standards, Edmonton’s new home builders keep utility bills in mind. This means buying a new home over an older resale will save you substantially more in the long run. In fact, a new home can save you thousands of dollars on utility bills alone. Let’s take a look at a few of the ways a new home build will help put money back in your pocket.
The windows typically installed in a new build are twice as efficient as the ones found in older homes. They are also way more effective at retaining heat and air conditioning then the windows of the past. On average the windows in a new home can save you 12% on your energy bill. An added bonus, the newer varieties of windows also decrease noise levels coming from outside.
2. High-Efficiency Furnaces
High-efficiency furnaces not only save you money on your heating bills, but they also add to the value of your home. The main difference between a high-efficiency furnace and the ones found in older homes is new models are only activated when in use. For this reason, high-efficiency furnaces will save you money and they last much longer.
3. Automated Temperature Control
Automated temperature control can save you 10-30% on your heating and cooling costs. Smart thermostats are increasingly popular in new home builds and they allow you to regulate the temperature of your home when you aren’t there or sleeping. These types of systems guarantee you’ll no longer have to wonder if you turned the heat down when you left for work in the morning.
4. High-Quality Construction Materials
New homes are built with higher grade construction materials. This means you’re getting something brand new built to the best standards vs an older home where the materials may not be of the best quality. High-grade construction materials save you money on maintenance, repairs and the overall heating and cooling of your home.
Older homes are relatively less insulated than newer builds, meaning your hard-earned dollars may be escaping along with the heat in your home. Here in Edmonton, keeping the outside air where it belongs is of huge value, especially in our unpredictable climate. Updated construction standards guarantee you’ll be getting safe and effective insulation that’s sure to reduce your energy bills.
6. Energy Efficient Products
Using energy efficient lighting is one of the easiest ways to cut down your energy bill. Energy efficient bulbs are included in every new home build, ensuring great lighting at half the cost.
Energy-efficient appliances can save you up to 15% on your utility bills. In addition to being good for the environment, they use less water and electricity. New homes can be fitted with energy efficient appliances, whereas older homes often have appliances that don’t meet an energy conserving standard.
Low Flush Toilets
Low-flush toilets use significantly less water than a regular toilet. A regular toilet can use up to 6 litres at a time so you can imagine the impact on your water bill. As low flush toilets only use about 4 litres, choosing this water conserving version in your new home build will save you up to $100 per year.
7. Tankless Hot Water Systems
When you need hot water this tank heats on demand, unlike a regular hot water tank that heats all the time, regardless of use. Tankless hot water systems give you hot water exactly when you need it, instead of creating needless energy costs. Best of all, these systems are generally included in all new home builds at no extra cost to you.
Now that you know how new homes lower your utility bills, you’ll be better able to decide what’s most cost effective for you and your family. But of course, the savings don’t end there. Get in touch with us today to learn about the many ways a new home can add up to some major savings.
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At Sterling Homes, our mission is to provide the opportunity for affordable homeownership without compromise. Over the last 70 years, Sterling Edmonton has quickly become one of Edmonton’s most popular builders. We bring more than seven decades worth of exceptional customer service, superior design and unparalleled craftsmanship to the greater Edmonton area. As a member of the Qualico Group, Sterling Homes focuses on greater Edmonton’s finest family communities, while being able to offer some of the region’s most family friendly prices thanks to volume purchasing power for materials, trades and land. This has not only made Sterling one of Edmonton’s bestselling, move-up builders, but also one of the industry’s most respected home providers. It is through our uncompromising commitment to our customers that we proudly deliver the Sterling Advantage – that’s why each and every home we build includes a 10-year home warranty, a completion guarantee and new home warranty excellence rating. Our Advantage is our pledge that, when you build your dream home with Sterling, we will deliver a timely, well-built home you’re sure to enjoy for years to come.
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