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Benefits of an ENERGY STAR Home
Buying a home is a complicated process. The certification process ensures that the home is built with energy efficiency in mind. 3rd party verification, a large part of the certification process, ensures an unbiased assessment of the home's efficiency. The ENERGY STAR® label is government backed so when purchasing a certified house, the home owner knows that they have a truly efficient home.
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Lower Cost of Ownership
ENERGY STAR qualified homes use significantly less energy for heating, cooling and water heating. The savings have proven to be between 20%-30% per year on energy bills. Plus, you’ll be saving money on maintenance costs. Savings can also be realized by seeking an ENERGY STAR® Mortgage or an energy efficient mortgage.
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Your home is a system where all the individual parts make up the whole. Energy-efficient features offer better protection from cold in the winter, heat in the summer, air drafts, moisture infiltration, and exterior noise. And you can expect more consistent temperatures between different rooms and in individual rooms around the house. A tighter homes means the air quality will be better and the home is more durable due to the consideration placed on air-sealing and water tight construction.
More than a million consumers have purchased ENERGY STAR® Qualified New Homes nationwide. Not only do the energy-saving features pay for themselves in the long run, but also informed buyers recognize the increased value when it comes time to sell your home. That’s more money in your pocket when you go to get your next ENERGY STAR® Home.
Contrary to popular belief, homes are a greater source of pollution than personal vehicles. In fact, 16 percent of the yearly U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The reason for this is that much of the energy we create to power our homes comes from the burning fossil fuels, the emissions of which are contributing such environmental concerns as smog, acid rain, and climate change. By building homes that are energy efficient, we generate less pollution to power these homes.