What’s In a Rating? The Energy Efficient Homes of Harris County, GA

April 27, 2015

NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOMES IN HARRIS COUNTY ARE ENERGY EFFICIENT

Sales for newly constructed homes are projected to increase. There are many reasons for the popularity of new constructions, from buyers being able to customize their new homes to saving on maintenance costs.

Another hidden advantage of a newly constructed home is that many fall under stringent guidelines of energy efficiency certifications. The immediate benefit is that this will save you money in heating and electricity bills.

With up to 38% of newly constructed homes falling under a green, energy efficient certification by 2016, this isn’t just a small trend: it’s changing how homes are built.

WHAT IS AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME?

There are many different certified programs that qualify under a “green” home, which can make the definition of an energy efficient home confusing for new home buyers.

In general, an energy efficient home falls under the umbrella of using sustainable building techniques, recycling and using local products to build a home, conserving water, and more.

Of course, the biggest thing that home buyers care about is the money they will eventually save on monthly heating, cooling, and electricity bills. This continues to improve on a yearly basis.

A home built in 2012 is 15% more efficient than one built in 2009, and a homes built today are 30% more efficient than those built 10 years ago.

The numbers are certainly impressive. New homes can save over 3000 KWH a year – or about enough energy to power a TV for 11 years.

LEED CERTIFIED HOMES LEAD THE WAY

The Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) is the most well known standard for energy efficient homes. LEED rates homes based on a series of categories from materials and resources used, water efficiency, and regional credits.

These points are tallied up to give a home a certified (40-49 points), silver (50-59 points), gold (60-79 points), or platinum rating (80+ points).

THE BIG BUSINESS OF GREEN

The Home Energy Rating Standard (HERS), developed by Residential Energy Services Network, is another metric designed to measure energy efficiency. Instead of a using categories to create a rating, the HERS rating is similar to the amount of miles per gallon in cars.

The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency use their Energy Star rating system to determine the efficiency of a home.

An Energy Star rating promises to cut bills by 30% when compared to new homes through details like reducing window leaks and improving indoor air.

THE FUTURE ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES IN HARRIS COUNTY, GA

Regardless of the certification standards, newly constructed homes in Harris County, GA are becoming more energy efficient every year. In the future, I’ll give you simple tips and tricks to make your existing home more efficient.

So while you may not notice any cosmetic differences between a certified and non-certified home, you will feel it in your wallet.

Is your home energy efficient? Call me at 706.662.0125, or email me today! Be sure to check out my available listings in Harris County, GA.


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