Why should you buy an ENERGY STAR® home? Are you interested in...
- Peace of mind?
- Lower ownership cost?
- Better performance?
- Investing wisely?
- Environmental protection?
If you answered “Yes
!” to any of those questions, you should consider purchasing an ENERGY STAR labeled home
PEACE OF MIND
Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Find the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it also meets strict energy efficiency guidelines that have been independently verified by a certified Home Energy Rater.
LOWER OWNERSHIP COST
Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Over the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your home, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills. Additional savings on maintenance can also be substantial.
Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution, and noise. An energy-efficient home helps to ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.
To date, over 2,500 home builders have partnered with EPA to construct more than 350,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes. By the end of the decade, more than 2 million homes are expected to earn the ENERGY STAR. The trend is clear. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell. According to an article published in The Appraisal Journal, the resale value improves $12 to $20 for every $1 saved in annual utility bills.
Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide. Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.
The tight construction, better windows, and improved insulation of an ENERGY STAR home not only ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, but keep out excessive heat, cold, and noise.
A home that is properly airsealed prevents hot, humid outside air from leaking in and cool, conditioned air from leaking out during the summer. In the winter, the home prevents cold, dry air from leaking in and warm air from leaking out. A typical home’s air leakage accounts for around 30% of the energy costs to heat and cool the home and creates uncomfortable spaces with the home. Properly sealed ductwork helps to deliver the conditioned air to the spaces. Ductwork that is not installed properly accounts for around 17% of the costs to heat and cool a standard home.
An ENERGY STAR home has been extensively airsealed and the ducts have been sealed properly. Both of these features are inspected and tested by an independent Home Energy Rater such as Builders Energy Rater.
Windows don’t just provide a view- they also help to maintain comfort in the home. High performance windows have a special coating installed on one of the surfaces of the glass that helps keep out the radiant heat from the sun in the summertime and the heat in during the winter. This coating is called "low-e" and is found in windows typically installed in an ENERGY STAR home. A side benefit of the low-e coating- window treatments last longer and furniture fabric tends to fade less!
Insulation that is properly installed fills the framed cavity completely, giving you the full benefit of the rated R-value of the insulation. Typical homes use fiberglass batts that are poorly installed, leaving gaps and voids in the insulation. ENERGY STAR homes use insulation that fills the cavity and has no gaps or voids. How do you know the difference? An independent Home Energy Rater must inspect the quality of the insulation installation of every ENERGY STAR home prior to the home receiving its certification. While you may never see the insulation inside the walls of your home, this is one feature that you can feel! Walls and ceilings that are poorly insulated allow more heat to travel through them, creating interior surfaces that radiate heat and create uncomfortable rooms. ENERGY STAR homes are inspected to ensure that the home has insulation that is properly installed for your comfort.
ENERGY STAR homes are built with your comfort in mind!