For more than three decades, First Texas Homes has been building top-quality residential homes for customers in the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth communities. A certified Energy Star builder, First Texas Homes offers a high level of design flexibility for buyers along with superior energy-saving construction techniques, fixtures, and appliances.
Buying an energy-efficient home is a great way to lower your utility bills, but sometimes it can be confusing to figure out what you should be looking for in an energy-efficient home. A very basic way to check for efficiency is by inspecting the lighting systems, appliances, fixtures, and windows and doors. You can ask whether or not Energy Star appliances were used and inquire about thermostat controls and the lighting systems and fixtures. Ideally, you will want a digital thermostat and fixtures that are low-energy and low-flow. Do not forget to consider the landscaping. There should be a landscape plan that is water and energy-efficient to keep costs down.
Beyond simply asking about fixtures and appliances, you can request copies of past utility bills for previously owned properties or request a utility audit. Past bills are an easy way for you to see how the energy costs have decreased over the past few months, but they are, of course, only available for existing homes. For new homes, you can request a utility audit. This provides you with a more accurate idea of the home’s energy efficiency and can include everything from checking the home’s air leakage to investigating insulation. You can also consider the size of the home, especially if there have been any add-ons or if you want to compare its energy efficiency with a previous home. Larger houses will naturally use more energy, so always take that into consideration.