Most home buyers want a comfortable home no matter what room they’re in or what the weather is outside. Energy efficient homes are not only better for the environment; they deliver more comfort, reduce maintenance costs and lower monthly utility bills.
More and more home buyers would prefer to build energy efficient features into their homes, but aren’t really sure which ones will have the most impact within their budget. Here is a list of a few options that we feel are worthy of your consideration.
Insulation. Upgrading the insulation in your home is generally a very cost effective upgrade that will pay for itself in a matter of months. If you are building a new home, it makes sense to insulate it well now and upgrade to an Arctic Insulation Package for a few hundred dollars versus retrofitting it later for several thousand dollars.
Windows. Windows are a major source of heat loss or gain. It is not possible to totally prevent heat loss or gain, but it is possible to significantly reduce it by having well insulated windows. We would advise that Low E double pane windows should be the minimum if you are building new, with triple pane windows worthy of consideration. Low E windows are standard on every structure Jandel Homes builds. Upgrading to triple pane windows on one of our homes will generally be about $3500 for a 1520 square feet home.
Water Heaters. The average homeowner will spend 25% of each energy dollar towards heating water. In general, it will cost about three times as much to heat the same amount of water with electricity as it does with gas. Tank less water heaters, in some cases, can cut your water heating bill by 10-20%. The savings come by eliminating standby losses – energy wasted by warmed water sitting around unused in a tank. (source: www.consumerenergycenter.org) Upgraded water heaters are usually quite affordable, ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to go from an electric to a gas hot water tank, up to about $1500 for a tank less system.
ENERGY STAR® Appliances. Major appliancs consumer up to 14% of the energy used in your home, accrding to Natural Resources Canada. To become ENERY STAR® qualified, an appliance must not only meet Canada’s minimum standards for energy efficiency first, but also meet or exceed higher ENERGY STAR® technical specifications.
Heat Recovery Ventilation System. These ventilation systems use fans to maintain a low velocity flow of fresh outdoor air into the house while exhausting out an equal amount of stale indoor air. Fresh air is supplied through the house while stale air is removed. Typically, the cost to install an HRV system at the onset would be a couple of thousand dollars – to do it retroactively would be quite pricey because of the changes to the ductwork that would be required
For more information on building an energy efficient home, please contact one of our Housing Consultants toll free 855.463.0084 [Edmonton] or 877.504.5005 [Grande Prairie].