Have you taken the proper steps to ensure your Hill Country home is green and energy efficient, especially during the winter season? If you haven’t, now is the time to review your home’s energy efficiency issues. Being a homeowner in the Texas Hill Country means you have access to open spaces and beautiful landscapes, as well as plenty of great weather. If you are ready and willing to take full advantage of your surroundings, then make the necessary changes and prepare your home for the upcoming season.
Steps to Energy Efficient Living: Prepping Your Home
Where do you start when it comes to prepping your home for winter? An important step is determining where you stand in terms of energy efficiency, and an energy audit of your home is an excellent starting point. This audit will help you determine what changes need to be made immediately. These changes might include:
- Installing new doors or windows. Installing storm windows and doors while eliminating hollow doors and old windows that no longer efficiently keep air in or out, could be a huge but necessary undertaking to increase the energy efficiency in your Hill Country home.
- Sealing ducts and other areas. Ensuring leaks are properly sealed is an important part of making sure heating costs don’t soar in the winter. Check for leaks in the ducts, and around windows and doors as well.
- Using a programmable thermostat. Programming your thermostat to be at a specific temperature may help you keep your home at a comfortable level while saving on energy costs. You can set the thermostat at a lower setting for those times when no one is home, and program it to raise the setting to a higher temperature about an hour before you plan to arrive home.
- Using your fireplace in place of the heater, not as supplemental heating, since it may end up costing you more. Also, consider a wood-burning stove rather than a fireplace.
- Insulating pipes to ensure your plumbing remains intact in the event of a freeze. This will also help ensure a steady supply of hot water.
During the holidays, it’s also important to remember to keep decorative lights on only up to about 6 hours per day or night. Also consider purchasing LED holiday lights, since they use less energy. Finally, be sure to check that you don’t have too many things plugged into one area at once, so that you don’t overload the systems.
Building Your Hill Country Home: Green Solutions
As far as building your new Hill Country home, you can get turned on to the green lifestyle pretty easily. For instance, be sure to have your home well insulated from the very beginning, to prevent overworking your HVAC system. Making sure you have energy-efficient appliances in your home is a must, and installing a rainwater collection system is a great way to save money and utilize natural resources. Of course, using construction materials that are green and energy efficient—such as bamboo, recycled wood, glass and, in some cases, even rubber—are inventive ways to ensure your home is green.
The Ranches of Brushy Top: Buy Now, Build Later
At the Ranches of Brushy Top, you can choose the perfect piece of land for your dream home, take your time designing a home that takes advantage of all that the Hill Country has to offer, and build your home whenever you want. For more information on the Texas Hill Country, or if you are interested in looking for land for sale in Texas, visit the Brushy Top website. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.