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August 2014

  • energy star certified homes

    Talking Points for Selling an ENERGY STAR Certified Home

    Many homebuyers see the ENERGY STAR label on a new home but very few understand exactly what goes into achieving that label.  Below are some of the many important benefits of an ENERGY STAR home that builders should communicate to prospective buyers.

    1. Third-Party Verification: Independent Home Energy Raters, like ReVireo, conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify that the homes qualify as ENERGY STAR. These inspections are performed at multiple phases of construction to•••

  • Consider Energy Efficient Lighting For Your New Home!

    One of the easiest ways for a homeowner to save money and energy is to switch from traditional incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient light bulbs.  Some energy efficient lighting options include: energy-saving incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs).  Including such lighting in your home is a great selling feature to attract savvy buyers looking to purchase a home with low operating costs.

    The cost of electricity for lighting is approximately 14%•••

  • Green Buildings vs. Superstorms

    The increased frequency of Superstorms likely means a 30-40% increase in property insurance losses.   One promising solution to this problem is green building.   Green buildings have sturdier construction and more energy efficient features than traditional buildings.  Together, these features help reduce property insurance costs and help a home withstand violet weather.

    Building to ENERGY STAR or LEED certification standards is one way to increase durability.   Most•••

  • Introducing Energy Efficient Dog Doors!

    When building an ENERGY STAR certified home, or any home for that matter, an energy efficient dog door is a great feature to include for any pet lover.   They help keep drafts out, whereas traditional pet doors invite air, dust, and pollen into the home.  These innovative dog doors are designed to maintain indoor air temperature and have added security that regular dog doors do not.  Take a look at a few of the different•••