Designing a home is a fun and exciting process, with countless design techniques and themes available to incorporate into your new home. While striving to maintain an enjoyable aesthetic, it’s also important to incorporate environmentally-friendly options into your design. If you’re looking for a modern way to integrate “green” into your home, then try these energy-efficient home design ideas:
Mulled windows are a new product joining at least two windows together to create a large window unit. Doors and windows can be crafted to encompass a larger space with minimal use of materials. These larger home components decrease the use and waste of materials, in addition to lowering the cost for the homeowner. This window system also offers greater energy performance than traditional two-pane windows.
The kitchen is one area that amounts to a great deal of energy spent on the refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and other smaller appliances. Eco-friendly and energy-efficient kitchen appliances are available in a variety of styles. Rather than purchasing regular appliances, look for the Energy Star or Department of Energy’s Building America certification on common kitchen appliances. These low-energy appliances are 30-70% more efficient!
When you’re custom-designing your home, ask your architect if he can incorporate a cool roof, which reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat than a traditional roof. Depending on your budget, cool roofs can be made using reflective paint, a sheet covering, or reflective tiles and shingles. A cool roof saves you money by reducing the need for air conditioning during summer months. Decreasing the roof temperature can also improve the longevity of your roof and reduce power plant emissions.