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For years now, we’ve been embracing energy efficiency, whether it’s how we travel or how we choose to decorate our homes. Recycled materials have begun to pop up more often with builders and interior designers, and certain efficient additions have been frequently making their way into homes. From programmable thermostats to eco-friendly windows, the home can certainly benefit from these enhancements, but what else can we do to help our environment? You may be building a new home or remodeling your existing space, which makes now the perfect time to incorporate some of the most popular efficiency trends in the industry into your home. Make your home work better and have a positive impact on the environment with these top energy efficient home building trends of 2022.

Solar Roof Panels

More homes can be seen showcasing solar panels on the roof, and there’s a good reason why. Not only do solar panels help lower the cost of your electricity bills, they also assist with reducing your carbon footprint. Solar panels utilize the sun’s rays to create energy to help power your home, resulting in it running more efficiently. Although solar panels aren’t new, more homes have been donning them in recent years to not only make a difference when it comes to the conservation of our planet, but also to use less energy in the home. With the ample sunlight we get here in Southwest Florida, it’s a smart decision to opt for solar panels on your home.

Sustainable Materials

We’ve been recycling materials for years. From soda cans to plastic, paper products to glass bottles, it’s become second nature for many of us to recycle these items, so that they can be put to good use elsewhere. The same goes for your home, as many materials are being used in the space that have been recycled, such as:

  • Cork
  • Bamboo
  • Recycled steel
  • Reclaimed wood

Not only are these materials being seen in some of the décor in homes, the homes themselves are being built with these recycled products. This allows the home building process to be even more sustainable and beneficial to the environment.

Water-Saving Elements

Choosing appliances that utilize less water is also another way homeowners are maximizing their homes. From water-saving shower heads to dishwashers, washing machines to low-flow faucets, opting for these conservation methods is much more practical. Plus, just like solar panels, you’re also able to enjoy a lower water bill in the process.

Plant Life

Another way to make your home work more efficiently, while also helping the environment is planting trees around your home. Depending on the size of your property, you’ll be able to shade your home, so that it’s cooler in the sizzling summer months, as well as more private all year-round. Trees absorb the carbon dioxide in the air, converting it into clean oxygen, reducing pollution and improving the air quality. This is a fantastic way to maximize efficiency in your home and do your part to help Mother Nature in the process.

The Eco-Friendly Home

Implementing many of these aspects is a winning combination for you and for the environment. Your home will be running smoothly, you’ll be saving money on your energy bills and the environment will benefit as well. If you’re looking to embrace a more energy efficient lifestyle it’s important to talk with your builder about all of the outstanding options available.


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