3 Ways An Earth Home Will Save You Money

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you've always dreamed of building an underground home, then you already know about the visual appeal of these earth properties. However, you might not realize how much money you could potentially save by building this kind of home.

1. Reduce Your Heating and Cooling Costs

If you currently live in a regular property, then your energy costs include keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter. If your home isn't all that energy-efficient, then you may waste some of the money you spend here.

If you build an earth home, then you usually see significant savings in these utility costs. The earth that surrounds your home acts like a giant and thick insulating blanket.

In winter, the earth insulates your home against the external cold. Its natural warmth also passes into the property. In hotter weather, your home stays cooler because the earth absorbs excess heat. If you can control the temperature of your internal environment naturally, then you will hardly have to heat or cool the property yourself.

2. Reduce Your Maintenance Costs

A standard home needs regular maintenance. This isn't just a question of keeping things neat and tidy around the property, you also have to do regular work on its structure.

For example, you might have to spend a lot of time and money on keeping your roof in a good condition. Depending on the type of roof you have, your jobs could include cleaning, sealing, and repairs. While roofs have long lives, they all eventually have to be replaced.

Earth homes don't need much maintenance at all. The vast majority of the property sits under the earth or underground. Apart from the property's frontage, the rest of the structure is hidden safely away. So, typical home maintenance costs are lower.

3. Reduce Your Insurance Costs

The premiums you pay for home insurance are based on a series of risks. The more risk there is that something could happen to the property, the more you pay for your coverage.

For example, if you live in an earthquake or hurricane zone, then regular homes have a higher risk of damage in these events. However, underground homes are better able to withstand this kind of damage. So, insurance companies might charge you less for a policy because your home has a reduced amount risk.

To learn more about building your own underground house, contact an underground home builder.

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