power bill can be the second most
expensive cost in owning a home,”
says Tony Callahan, senior vice
president of Planning and Design
for Beazer Homes. “The cost of energy increasingly is a key factor when
making a home purchase decision.”
Energy costs are rising to the point
that those who build a home with
energy-saving products can save a
substantial amount of money.
Whether you choose to pursue a
LEED-certified home or simply try
for the most energy-efficient home
you want, there are a few categories on
which to focus your energy-saving attention:
Location, Location, Location
Energy saving starts with the
property. How you situate your
home on the lot can positively or
negatively impact its energy usage.
Use the sun to your advantage by
situating the home on the site to op-
timize solar gain and offset the nega-
tive impacts of the wind and snow.
Situate the house on the site
properly and you may not have
to turn on the lights as often during the day, because windows let in
enough sunlight to naturally illuminate the area.
Installing south-facing clerestory
windows that allow light in, but do
not allow heat to escape, will provide
more daylight without heat or cooling loss.
Start at the Top
Next, consider your roofing. ENERGY STAR® roof products and