Santa Barbara Green Builder | Green Building Idea
There are software and meter reading devices available that will help you monitor how much energy your appliances use. There are even software tools such as Google’s New PowerMeter and an iPhone app.
Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency
Many of our clients are taking advantage of federal and state credits for installing energy efficient items such as solar panels and water heaters.
When building a custom home, aesthetically speaking, we understand that lighting can “make or break” the home. You can expect savings by switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs. Many of our clients are enjoying the efficiency and longevity of LED lighting.
In most homes, the two most “power usage” items are refrigerators and washing/dryer machines. Refrigerators can be adjusted or programmed correctly allowing them to run more efficiently.
The above items are only a few among the many ways to save energy while reducing your energy bills. During the pre-construction phase of the project, such energy efficient items will be examined, reviewed and integrated into the new home.