Building GreenBuilding green is quite the catch phrase in the Indianapolis custom home building industry these days. That said, you should know that whether you are into saving the environment or not, building green should be a key consideration when planning your custom home.

Why is building green so important? Here are some statistics that surprised us. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homes in the United State account for:

  • 39% of total energy use
  • 12% of the total water consumption
  • 68% of total electricity consumption
  • 38% of the carbon dioxide emissions

Your custom home could contribute to these numbers in a big way if you don’t plan ahead. Here are some really good reasons to consider building an energy efficient custom home.

Save money.

You heard right. Many people associate building green with added expense. You may have more up-front costs, depending on what you choose to include in your green custom home,  but rest assured that building green will lower your bills significantly. Solar systems and geothermal systems have the potential to make your meter run backward and will pay for themselves before you know it. Also, there are some aspects of building green that can actually save you money during the construction process.

Increase your comfort.

Energy-efficient windows aren’t just saving Mother Earth… they are also keeping you nice and cozy during Indiana winters and helping your home stay cool in the heat of the summer. Many aspects of your energy-efficient home will make you and your family more comfortable in the long run. If comfort is something that is important to you, building green is the way to go.

Reduce your dependence.

With a standard home that doesn’t include green features, you are at the mercy of the utility companies. If gas prices jump up, your bills take a leap as well. You can increase your self-sufficiency in your new custom home by building green. By building green, you are decreasing your dependence on utility companies compared to those who build custom homes without energy-efficient features.

Improve air quality.

Did you know that building green can improve the air quality in your home? When you build a custom home with G&G, you have an unlimited number of green options. You can use materials that decrease toxins in your home and install ventilation systems that keep your air fresh. Building green can keep you and your family breathing easy.

Are you thinking about building green for your custom home?

Of course, in addition to all of these benefits, building green has the added benefit of reducing waste and preserving our planet. If you would like to learn more about building green for your custom home, G&G Custom Homes is happy to sit down with you to answer your questions.