As soon as you begin your journey to buying a home, the question that will inevitably cross your mind is whether you want to look into the option of purchasing a new construction home or go the route of purchasing a previously-owned home. While the upfront costs of purchasing a new construction home are usually more than a previously-owned home, it's important to consider the long-term savings that can come with buying a new construction, energy-efficient home.
As the demand for energy-efficient homes continues to grow, many new construction homes are being built with an added emphasis on energy efficiency. From the materials used throughout the construction process to the appliances and systems that have been installed, there are a number of ways that new construction homes can help you save more money in the long run—and at McGuinn Hybrid Homes, building an energy efficient home is at the top of our priority list.
One of the most significant ways that new-construction homes can be energy efficient is through the use of energy-efficient building materials. Many new homes are now being built with insulation that has a higher R-value, which means it is more effective at keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer and can lead to lower heating and cooling costs. Additionally, our McGuinn Hybrid homes are also built with windows that have low-E coatings, which help to reduce the amount of heat that is transferred through the glass.
Another way that new-construction homes can save you money on energy costs is through the use of energy-efficient appliances. At McGuinn Hybrid Homes, our new construction homes are built with ENERGY STAR appliances that are especially designed to use less energy and water than standard appliances and can help reduce your monthly utility bills.
In addition to energy-efficient appliances, many new-construction homes are also built with advanced building techniques and technologies that can help reduce energy costs. Throughout our McGuinn Hybrid homes, we include low-flush toilets that only use 1.28 gallons of water per flush versus the 6 gallons of water that is typical for some older models. We also include low-flow shower heads that use anywhere from 20-40% less water than older fixtures, and our low-flow bathroom faucets use up to 32% less water than regular faucets.
From energy-efficient building materials and appliances to advanced building techniques and technologies, there are many ways that new-construction homes can help you reduce your energy usage and save money on your monthly bills. While they may require a bit more upfront investment, the long-term savings can make it well worth it.
At McGuinn Hybrid Homes, we will continue to focus on building energy efficient homes that offer our homeowners incredible savings and promote a safer and healthier way of living throughout the Greater Columbia area. If you would like to learn more about the communities we build in or the floor plan designs that we offer, give us a call at (803) 917-5583 or fill out our online form today.