When it comes to saving home energy, energy saving exteriors are the first link in the chain Including energy saving windows, doors and skylights in your plans to save home energy will make a big difference Windows that are double and triple paned provide insulation from the iciness of the wintertime and the heat throughout summer months. Poorly fitted and drafty entry doorways do nothing for your energy saving exteriors
Efficient storm doors that offer a quality barrier to the conditions are essential. Environment agencies now have standards such as the Energy Star Rating for exteriors windows and doors
A relatively new entrant in the struggle to save home energy is the idea of reflective roofing materials which supply another technique of creating a super energy saving exterior
Lowering roof temperatures by up to 100, this material cuts down on the amount of heat that is absorbed by your home Ask your builder to use a reflective roofing calculator and enclose an estimation of the energy saving you will make in his pro-forma
These materials are also given an Energy Star rating. Reflective roofing is most beneficial on houses in warm sunny climates and that are not already well shaded.
Think about the paint you are going to use on your exterior walls and consider insulating paint as a radiant barrier coating. It can be purchased ready mixed or as an additive that is compatible with any interior or exterior paint. These paints are an efficient way of forming an effective thermal barrier and therefore doing alot to bring up your home’s R-Value and cutting utility bills by as much as 50% Whether living in a new or traditional home, all these products can be included in your plans to save home energy and may make you eligible for tax credits Any family that is serious about saving energy in their home needs to investigate the options of energy saving exteriors.