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Dramatic savings to be made in energy-efficient homes

The cost of energy is rising. So future-proofing your client’s home against increasingly expensive energy consumption makes good financial sense.
Heating water and warming a home consumes the bulk of the energy used in an average household. Through efficient methods of heating and insulating homes, builders can reduce long-term energy costs and make more efficient use of the heat generated in their client’s homes.

Professionally-installed insulation is the best place to start since a large proportion of heat generated in a home is lost through poor insulation.
Once the home is properly insulated, gas water heating, radiant heating and hot air circulation systems should be considered as more cost-effective and energy efficient heating options.

When these are combined with plumbing systems that reduce hot water wastage and solar energy systems, energy efficiency can be dramatically improved.
Solar energy is the ultimate in cost effectiveness — and it’s free! Natural heat from the sun can be better used by carefully planning where windows will go and by using window systems designed to attract solar energy and diminish heat loss from the home’s interior.

For the components of the home that consume electricity, such as lights and appliances, opt for energy-saving designs with superior energy consumption ratings.
Builders should talk to their clients about choosing the right future-proofing options to improve energy efficiency for their homes.

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