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Energy Efficiency

An Energy-Efficient Home Helps to Put More Money in Your Pocket

Energy Efficiency | Ellison Building | Cape Fear, NCWhen it comes to forward-thinking prospective homeowners, energy efficiency often ranks high on their list of priorities, and for good reason. A home built with energy efficiency in mind is one that takes into consideration a variety of different factors of modern design and construction techniques, including a “whole-home approach” taken by the builder. Building an energy-efficient home may sound like an expensive process, but it’s possible to take the principles of energy efficiency and apply them to practically any scope or budget.


The Elements of Energy Efficiency

While the popularity of energy-efficient homes is no doubt on the rise, it’s helpful to gain a solid understanding of exactly what goes into building them. Creating an environment for benchmark energy efficiency to thrive doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require efforts that combine a number of different factors, including the following.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Much of a home’s energy is used by its heating and cooling systems, which is something that should never go overlooked by those who are striving for an energy-efficient living space. This includes not only the system itself but its associated ductwork as well. A properly-designed heating and cooling system can often be a big piece of the puzzle when attempting to streamline energy efficiency in a home.


Insulating a home is essential for keeping heat where you intend it to be; outside in the summer, and inside in the winter. Indoor temperatures can fluctuate dramatically when a home is poorly insulated, leading to discomfort in the home.


Air-sealing is one of the most important aspects of energy-efficiency and works hand-in-hand with insulation to keep conditioned air from escaping a home. Air can easily leak from cracks and crevices that are not properly sealed, and this remains one of the largest influences on net energy loss.

Well-designed “Thermal Envelope”

The “thermal envelope” can be viewed as a barrier or shield that reduces heat flow through a building's walls. Designing a home’s thermal envelope with energy efficiency in mind can help to keep utility bills low and increase comfort levels within your home.

Energy Efficiency for a Better Environment

The benefits that building an energy-efficient home can have on your lifestyle are innumerable, but you can also rest easy knowing that you’re doing your part to foster a better future by lowering your impact on the environment. Ellison Building Company is passionate about building environmentally-friendly homes and would love to help you realize your dreams.

Contact us today to learn more about energy efficient building.