One option that was a no-brainer for me was to select the most efficient heater I could have. This is an initial investment that will take a small number of years to pay off. Gas prices are not going down any time soon, so even though there is an initial expense to upgrade, the savings each year are easily measurable. In the long run, this saves more than it costs and would be one of the first things I selected if I was to build again. I don’t feel like I’m saving the planet – I’m just saving money.
There were a couple of things I selected that I probably didn’t need to. One was electric heaters to my alfresco, which seemed like a good idea at the time. The reality is that I have barely used them and could have used the money elsewhere. I also opted for some fancy features on my alarm. Really, I just needed a basic unit, but I will have more to say about alarms and security measures in another article. These weren’t bad options – they just didn’t work for me.
So I’ve learnt through my experience as a buyer of building products and as a customer of Carlisle Homes, that there are features of your new home that are much easier to obtain if they are installed during construction. You need to ask for advice on the various features and fittings you are considering in order to understand what should be done sooner and what could be done later. You could save a lot of money and effort in the long run.