Cost-Effective, Sustainable Home Building in the Sioux City Area

Investing in sustainability can be a surefire way to save money in the long run. We’ve listed some of the most cost-effective elements of green building below, Some of these are more expensive up-front, but they will likely produce substantial savings that easily outweigh this initial expense. New homes that incorporate these and other EnergyStar features consume 20-30% (the equivalent of approximately $500-600 annually in Siouxland) less energy than their counterparts.

1. Insulation with high resistance to heat flow (R-Value) in walls, attics, and basements

For the Siouxland area, the US Department of Energy recommends using R38 to R60 insulation in attics and R13-R21 in wall cavities. Abiding by these suggestions can save you well over 20% on your heating and cooling costs. [Read more…]