Sustainable building practices – also known as green building – are becoming more and more mainstream. There are several reasons for this.
The first is economic. In an environment where fuel costs go up steadily, it becomes more and more expensive to heat and cool the home. If your Needham home is poorly insulated, has inferior windows or doors, or has is otherwise vulnerable to the elements, you’re spending your hard-earned dollars on heat that escapes from the home and is wasted.
Your Needham building contractor can help you with simple renovations that make your home warmer and more energy efficient. Every home is different. How can you tell what type of renovations your home needs to be more energy efficient? Many utility companies will perform an audit, free of charge, that identifies problem areas with your home. These folks are objective and unbiased – they’re not in the home repair business! – and you can trust their insights.
Green, energy efficient building is multi-faceted. Something as simple as the way you lay out your floorplan can have a dramatic impact on how heat and natural light enter your home. Natural light is especially important in our area, where the winters mean shorter daylight hours. Some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when they don’t get enough natural sunlight. Your Needham building contractor can help you install new windows, replace your existing windows with more energy efficient windows, put in larger windows, install skylights, or install French doors as part of a strategy to let in more natural light while keeping your home energy efficient.
One very cost-effective way of improving your home’s energy efficiency is to add insulation to the home. Insulation acts as a protective layer, keeping warm air in and the cold out. Insulation has evolved tremendously over the years. If you have an older home in Needham, your insulation may not be as effective as it could be. Adding additional layers of insulation in the attic, walls, and basement as needed can make your home much warmer and save you significant amounts of money on your home heating bill.
Ready to learn more about how your Needham building contractor can save you money on home heating? Contact us today!