Another real reason to buy a new home: Energy Effectiveness. Main Idaho Real Estate Insights
Energy efficiency has become a priority in new home sales over the past a few years. A giant push for efficient construction of a home is due in part to the increased cost of home ownership from the price of the home to energy costs as well.

What does it meant to the future home owners to have a newly built home that is ENERGY STAR certified? ENERGY STAR homes are built to construction stnadards that are higher than code

Features of an ENERGY STAR certified new home include: increased insulation levels throughout the home in the ceiling, wall and foundation; Energy Star labeled high-efficiency furnace, air conditioner, and water heater, advanced framing techniques; controlling air exchanges to control drafts and and energy loss within the home. Energy Star homes also include higher quality windows

What are the benefits to the home owner? Homeowners save every month in heating, electrical and water costs, and this offsets the primary additional expenses of inclusive these features in a newly built home. “An ENERGY STAR verified home could save the homeowner $800 to $1,000 annually compared to a conventionally-built home.

Also, going with a home that has larger appetite for energy is less environmentally responsible. Reducing  the energy consumption, and loss, lowers your CO footprint. Every ENERGY STAR competent new home reduces hothouse gas emissions by roughly 3 tons per year. That’s roughly the emissions from an SUV travelling 20 miles per day, 5 days a week.


Posted by tlangford at 6/22/2011 1:54:00 PM
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