Luxury homes typically are not what come to mind when people think about eco-friendly homes. In fact, they are often criticized for being wasteful, having a big carbon footprint and ostentatious. However, many luxury homes are being constructed to include eco-friendly features. Below are some of the features that eco-friendly luxury custom homes often have:
People who live in a sunny climate often use solar panels. Solar panels are devices that can be used to convert sunshine into energy that people can use in their household. Solar panels not only protect the environment, but they can help people save money on their energy bill.
There are a number of devices that can be used to save water. Energy-efficient water heaters, low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets are examples of some of the water-saving devices that people use. These devices are often placed in custom-made luxury homes. Like solar panels, water-conserving devices also help people save money. People are able to reduce the amount of money that they spend on their water bill by using a water-conserving device.
Many luxury homes today have eco-friendly lighting. They often use compact-fluorescent light bulbs. These light bulbs last longer and use less energy than the incandescent light bulbs. Additionally, some homes have light switch sensors that will automatically turn off the lights when the room is empty.
Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning
Air conditioners use up a significant amount of energy in the home. However, many of today’s units are very energy efficient. An air conditioner is considered energy efficient if it has a seasonal energy efficient ratio of 14 or greater. Many luxury homes have an energy-efficient air conditioner.
Energy Star Appliances
The appliances in one’s home also use up a significant amount of energy. That is why many luxury homes have energy star appliances. Energy star appliances use up to 40 percent less energy than the standard appliances.
Low-emittance windows help keep the home properly insulated. They also keep the home cool in the summer time by blocking out ultraviolet rays from the sun. Ultraviolet rays also damage the home.