Are you dreading the upcoming high energy bills that inevitably come with the summer months? Georgia’s weather can be extreme during late summer and early fall, but with a new Augusta home, you can leave those expensive bills behind. Keystone Homes incorporates a variety of energy-efficient practices that help homeowner’s lower their monthly cost of living.
Compared to just 10 years ago, a newly built home is as much as 30 times more efficient. On average, a new home saves more than 3,400 kilowatt hours each year, which is enough energy to power your television for 11 years, your coffee maker for 32 years and your washing machine for four years!
One of the building techniques used to achieve such high energy savings includes installing multi-pane windows. Single-pane windows allow the sun’s rays, and therefore its heat, to penetrate into the home, but multi-pane windows reflect the sun’s rays and keep the heat out. Many builders also install radiant barrier insulation, which keeps the house cool during the hot summer months and helps to trap heat inside the home during the winter.
Builder’s can also use radiant barrier products on the roof, such as the sheathing that Keystone Homes uses. This protective layer can lower peak attic temperatures by as much as 30 degrees by reducing the radiant heat gain in this area. This sheathing is layered with a specially designed aluminum foil and craft paper laminate, which reflects up to 97 percent of the radiant heat when installed with the foil side facing down into the attic.
Many home builders install digital thermostats that can be programmed to help increase your energy savings. In the winter, setting your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and lowering while you’re asleep or away from home will help to increase your energy savings. By adjusting your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours, you can save five to 15 percent a year on your heating bill. You can also follow the same strategy during the summer by keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees only when you’re at home and need cooling.
ENERGY STAR appliances are another great way that today’s builders help homeowners save money. Dishwashers, heaters, ceiling fans and low-flow toilets and shower heads should all be installed in your new home. To put the savings that ENERGY STAR appliances can provide into perspective, a dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle, while a new ENERGY STAR-rated dishwasher will save, on average, 1,300 gallons of water over its lifetime.
As a new home builder in Augusta, Keystone Homes prides itself on building quality, affordable homes that are both family and environmentally-friendly. To learn more about the green building methods that Keystone Homes uses in their new home communities, visit www.BuildKeystone.com.