Building a more efficient home puts money back in your pocket
When you think about building a new home, what do you envision your new home is going to look like? In addition to the design elements, fixtures, colours and layout, have you considered which energy-efficient features are important? When it comes to looking at your wants and needs list, quite often we tend to opt more for the aesthetically pleasing options rather than making energy efficiency a priority.
However, why not opt for both? In today’s economy, investing in energy efficiency options upfront often results in saving money on your regular energy bills. When considering your typical monthly payments, having an energy-efficient home has the potential to save you money every month, and factoring in those savings will allow you to afford many of the other bells and whistles you were considering. What this means for you as a homeowner, is that you will continue to enjoy the beautiful design features you planned on, while benefiting from peace of mind – knowing that you are paying less compared to the same home without energy efficiency upgrades.
When you are planning your home, you want to take the time to understand what’s available to you, what options are realistic have and how you will benefit from taking advantage of them. Having examples that show the effective ways to marry both beauty and energy efficiency in the same home are a valuable resource. This is why the Energy Efficiency Showcase of Homes began 26 years ago: as a way to show and tell what features, options and benefits are available to all homeowners in energy-efficient construction.
This year, there are 20 houses that will be open to the public for three weekends from 1 pm – 4 pm, beginning May 24 and running until June 8. These homes have a minimum EnerGuide rating of 83 and are all rated either through the EnergyStar or EnerGuide Rating System programs, or are certified as R-2000 homes (read more about the Showcase starting on page 15). The one main feature they all have in common is energy efficiency! Each house, with its unique design, style and layout will help provide you with a list of options to help you make your final decisions for your brand new home. And who knows, perhaps one of these gems will be where you and your family decide to call home.
“There is great value in energy-efficient construction,” says Paul Pettipas, NSHBA chief executive officer. “When it comes to an energy-efficient home, you not only know right from the day you move in what to expect in terms of energy savings, but you also know that your house will sustain these efficiencies in the long term.”
Partners for this year’s Energy Efficiency Showcase of Homes include Efficiency Nova Scotia, Bell Aliant, Nova Scotia Power Inc., Stonewater Homes, R-2000, EnergyStar, Viewpoint.ca and The Chronicle Herald.