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Earth-sheltered homes, like the one pictured, are a unique option for efficiently designed homes. No matter the type of home you choose, energy efficient design strategies will save you money and energy.
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Before designing or remodeling a home, consider energy efficient design strategies; landscaping; and windows, doors, and skylights. You'll save energy and money in the long run. Also check out our recommendations for saving energy in specific types of homes, such as rentals, manufactured homes, log homes, and earth-sheltered homes.

Energy Efficient Home Design

Energy-Efficient Home Design
Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, consider investing in energy efficiency.
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Landscaping for Energy-Efficient Homes
A well-designed landscape not only can add beauty to your home but also can reduce your heating and cooling costs.
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Windows, Doors, and Skylights
Efficient windows, doors, and skylights can reduce energy bills and improve the comfort of your home.
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Types of Homes
Explore energy-saving information for apartments and rentals, earth-sheltered homes, log homes, and manufactured homes.
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If you'd like to design an energy-efficient home, no matter what type of design, you should use what's called the whole-house systems approach.

If you're remodeling a home, conduct an energy audit to help you determine what energy efficiency improvements should and can be made to your home.

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