Building a new home is exciting! However, there are so many choices and decisions to be made. I would like to offer ways for energy improvements that I would take advantage of if I were building a new home for my family.
First, consider the total cost of home ownership, which includes your mortgage, taxes, insurance and MONTHLY UTILITY BILL! At today’s low interest rates, an additional $10,000 for energy upgrades will only add approximately $50 to your monthly payment. If you can save $75-100 on your utility cost, it is a great investment!
Here are 8 ways to save money on your monthly bill:
o Utilize Manuel J calculations to determine the heating and cooling load of every room, not just the entire house load, as is frequently done.
o Utilize Manual S to size the system based upon the load requirements.
o Utilize Manual D to design the duct system to deliver the right amount of conditioned space to each area.
o Commission and tweak to make ensure system is performing properly.
o Install 15 SEER air conditioner, at a minimum.
o Position air handler and ducts in conditioned space.
o Require ducts be tested by a RESNET Energy Rater to evaluate any leakage and to what extent.
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