that earn the ENERGY STAR must meet guidelines for energy efficiency
set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified
homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built
to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC).
ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of
energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, high
performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating
and cooling equipment, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and
appliances. These features contribute to improved home quality and
homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air
pollution. ENERGY STAR also encourages the use of energy-efficient
lighting and appliances, as well as features designed to improve
indoor air quality.
What are the benefits of
purchasing Energy Star Qualified New Homes?
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
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 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 500,000 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.
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.
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