How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

Matt A, the owner of Urban Co, shares with us in a recent conversation that building an energy-efficient home can save you money on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. You can do several things to ensure your home is as efficient as possible.


The first step to making your home energy efficient is proper insulation. You should ensure you have insulated the walls and roof well, as this will keep heat during summer and winter. Look for high-performance windows and doors, as this help reduce air leakage.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Invest in an efficient heating and cooling system such as an air conditioning system or a furnace. Make sure to have it regularly serviced to maintain its efficiency. Also, consider installing ceiling fans, which can effectively circulate air throughout the house without using too much energy.


Replace traditional incandescent lights with LED bulbs or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). Not only do these bulbs last longer and use significantly less energy, but they also produce less heat. You can also install motion sensors that will turn the lights off when no one is in the room.

Water Heating

Installing a high-efficiency water heater can help you save on your energy bills. Look for water heaters certified by Energy Star or other organizations such as ENERGY STAR Certified Natural Gas Water Heaters.


Replace old appliances with newer, more efficient models that have earned an Energy Star certification. And this includes refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers. Also, look for appliances with low annual electricity consumption ratings (AECs), which indicate how much energy the device uses each year.

These are just a few tips for making your home more energy efficient. With some planning and effort, you can save money on your energy bills while reducing your environmental impact.

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