The long term cost of home ownership and the uncertainty of the future cost of heating fuels is a good reason to spend money up front to get a house that is energy efficient.
The cost of energy efficiency upgrades to a house may increase the initial cost by 15% or so, but can reduce heating and cooling use by up to 90% as compared to RBES code homes resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in savings over the life of a home.
Retrofitting a home to be more energy efficient after it is built is possible. You can expect to spend 30% of the cost of the home (for deep energy retrofits).
A simple cost/benefit analysis shows that building your new home to a super energy efficient standard like the Efficiency Vermont High Performance House or Passive House (PHIUS) will give you a home with the same out of pocket expenses as with a code compliant home but with much lower heating/cooling bills...and by the way, much more comfortable as well.
Contact one of our builder members and ask about energy efficiency in your new home today!
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