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Saving money on your electricity bill is just one of the benefits of energy efficiency in your home. In addition to this, using less energy can also translate to less negative influence on your environment, which will improve the Earth as a whole.

Energy Efficiency In Your Home

The good news is there are a few relatively simple practices you can do in order to increase the energy efficiency in your home, from unplugging your appliances to simply turning off your lights when you leave a room.

Control the Temperature

One of the first ways you can bring energy efficiency into your home is to control the temperature both when you are there and when you are out of the house. Programmable thermostats will give you the ability to set a schedule for every day of the week that will dictate the heating and/or cooling of your home. For instance, if you left for work at 7:30am, you could have the thermostat set to drop its temperature in the winter or turn off air conditioning in the summer. Then, you could have it increase the heating or turn the air conditioning back on (depending on the season) when you returned home from work. This way your environment is still comfortable while you are at home, but you are not wasting energy while you are away.

Unplug Electronics and Appliances

Even if you are not using your electronics or appliances, they are still using energy, often referred to as phantom power. Thus, they are still increasing your monthly bill as well as the impact on the environment. Thus, try to unplug everything you can when they are not going to be in use. The only exceptions to this would be appliances like your fridge and freezer, since they help keep food fresh and edible.

Pick Appliances

Not all appliances are equal, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency. When purchasing new appliances, look for ones with energy efficient certification or other proof that they use less energy than your old ones. For example, a key for laundry machines is to look for mentions of “high efficiency.”

Choose Good Lightbulbs

Similar to appliances, certain lightbulbs use less energy than others. There is no way around using lights in your home, so you cannot eliminate this energy completely, but you can minimize the amount you use. Take a look at the options in your local hardware store and choose the most energy efficient.

Watch Energy Usage

Even if you choose the most energy efficient appliances in the world, you are still not going to be very energy efficient if you do not watch the way you use electricity in your home. Do you leave lights on when you are not in a room? That will use a lot of energy over time. Do you take really long showers? That will also use a lot of energy. Consider your regular routine and look for ways you can avoid using electricity, or at least minimize it. Shut off the light when you leave a room, take faster showers, et cetera.

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    Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

    Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

    What is your average square foot selling price?

    Prices for a complete home, including foundation vary from $250 sq-ft to over $350 because our homes are all custom built, we can design a home to fit your budget.

    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.