Considering how fragile the economy is right now and how timid banks are to loan money for new home construction, it is no wonder that one of the most frequently asked questions from our customers is "How they can save money building their new home?" It wasn't that long ago when banks were "basically" giving out loans and the trend was to build large, extravagant homes. Today banks are less likely to fund new construction because of the high costs associated with new construction. The good news is that homeowners are now more apt to build smaller, greener and more affordable homes.
Interest in building an energy-draining dream home that comes with high costs and wasteful space is fast becoming a thing of the past. Today's homeowners are very savvy about energy-efficiency and economics. The economy has swiftly changed us from excessive pampering to practical living. Helping to make that road easier are architects and designers, builders and manufacturers, who support green building through their products and services.
Purchasing an energy-efficient HVAC system alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining your system with appropriate insulation, air sealing, thermostat settings and common sense, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling by up to 50%. When purchasing heating or cooling equipment, remember that high efficiency levels begin with ENERGY STAR®.