This week’s issue of Home Ideas (if you’re not receiving our free weekly newsletter about all the latest design trends and products and innovative house plans, click here to sign up) features simple tips to help you cut down on energy costs this winter as well as how to choose the right fireplace for your new home.
You’ll also find some of our favorite house plans feature gorgeous stone fireplaces and efficient gas and electric fireplaces in rooms like the master suite, dining room and family room.
For example the Terrebonne house plan incorporates three fireplaces in its design to ensure maximum efficiency and added warmth and ambience. There is a fireplace in the great room, master suite and outdoor living space.
You’ll also want to find if your city or town offers Home Performance with ENERGY STAR:reg;, which is a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and home comfort, which is conducted by an approved contractor to assess your home’s efficiency and diagnosis areas for improvement.