The world has woken up to the necessity of responsible living. Many people now realize that to save the planet we must change ourselves. Probably that is one of the reasons why so many people are opting for ‘green’ homes with programs like Energy Star and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Based on the findings of Dodge Data and Analytics, green home building contributes to approximately 30 percent of the US real estate sector in terms of dollar earnings. If you find this inspiring and want to construct a green home for your family, here are a few things you should consider:
1. Energy-Efficiency Requirements and Trends
Ensure that your architect or developer is cognizant about the current energy-efficiency codes for new homes. With the cost of solar products dipping significantly over the years, Florida homeowners are keen on reducing their monthly electricity bills through PV system installation. According to an article published on environment-friendly homes, there was a 33 percent rise in the number of zero carbon- impact homes in America in 2016. It’s anticipated that more homeowners in Florida will embrace solar in the future and embrace green-home trends.
2. Difference Between a Net-Zero Home and a Green Home
When it comes to a net-zero home, its primary goal is to cut back on the carbon footprint to the extent that your home has no adverse effect on the environment. You can go green by ditching fossil fuels and installing our rooftop solar panels.
A green home should ideally not only use solar power but should also rely on eco-friendly building materials like tiles manufactured from reused materials, recycled wood, and paints that do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
3. Budget for Your Green Home
When you go for a net-zero or green home, your builder and a solar contractor will figure out how much clean energy will be produced by installing rooftop solar. Your architect will need to collaborate with an installer like Coast to Coast Solar to decide on the roof orientation. At least, one side of the roof should be south-facing to receive maximum sunlight. You will also need to create a budget to cut back on your home’s power consumption to net zero. You must factor in the use of new energy-efficient appliances, high-performance solar panels, HVAC systems, advanced thermostats, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows, and R-49 rated insulation. When you calculate the energy-budget for your green home, your solar contractor and architect will figure out how many panels you need to balance the estimated annual energy.
Building a green home with solar panels will help you realize your sustainability goals in the long run. Besides, it will reduce your monthly power bills significantly. If you want further details about our range of solar products, contact us now.