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Renewable energy and sustainability are hot-button issues across the world, and many Americans are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and the environmental impact of their everyday habits. A few emerging trends show how Americans can potentially improve their home energy efficiency over the coming years.
Burning coal has been a legacy fuel system for hundreds of years, but it is not the most environmentally friendly practice. Gas-based fuel systems and renewable energy from solar and wind-based systems are slowly but surely replacing coal consumption across various industries, and this trend is on course to increase in 2020.
For new home builds, expect the absence of coal burning energy sources to be on trend.
Wind and solar power have been leading the renewable energy charge for decades, and technological improvements in these sectors mean Americans should expect to see more readily available wind and solar-based power systems in the near future.
Solar paneling for roofs is a smart investment that can actually save you money while saving the environment, but that’s not your only option for renewable energy. A small wind electric system is another great option, depending on your location and reliable windy is throughout the year.
Job reports for the energy production sector show that gas, wind, and solar energy production companies are on course for the highest job number growth in 2020 and beyond. New opportunities will continue to appear in energy efficiency, solar power, wind power, and natural gas industries. Where you’re located and how available clean energy options are will determine how available area construction crews are to work on a new home build.
Utility companies are beginning to adapt their business strategies and will soon provide much more than just energy for a fee. Many of these companies are adopting transactional business models to provide customers with products and additional services that cater to their lifestyles, all built around renewable energy and the concept of sustainability.
Visual aids and games can be fantastic learning tools, and many energy providers are offering game-like educational tools and programs to their customers to help them better understand their energy consumption habits. Games are inherently engaging and can compel energy users to be more efficient in their usage habits. Gamifying energy consumption from Day 1 of a new home construction can create lifelong habits for any family, saving a lifetime worth of energy.
The number of internet-connected devices continues to swell tremendously, and, by 2020, there will be millions more devices in the “internet of things” than there are today. Smart thermostats, smart appliances, smart entertainment devices, and other connected devices will make it easy for the average person to track energy usage and will also help make energy consumption more efficient in surprising and innovative ways.
More Americans are choosing to build new homes with sustainable technology or upgrade their existing homes with more environmentally friendly appliances, lights, and smart fixtures. These changes not only offer day-to-day convenience and extra security, but also provide peace of mind to homeowners who can enjoy comfort and safety while making more sustainable choices for the environment.
Premier Builders has extensive experience building homes outfitted with smart appliances and other smart technology. Contact us today if you’re interested in building a new custom home with environmentally responsible building materials and the latest smart tech.