What are the owner benefits of an
energy efficient home?
Benefit One: Lower Operating Cost (Smaller Utility Bills)
An Efficiency Promise Home will cost less to operate than the vast majority of existing homes. On a square foot per square foot basis and given the same lifestyle conditions, an Efficiency Promise Home will have significantly lower operating cost. The operating cost comparisons show that these new "energy smart" homes will be 40% to 60% more efficient than homes built in compliance to the 1993 Model Energy Code and 20% to 30% more efficient than homes built to the 2006 International Energy Efficiency Code. The lower cost comes from: tested performance, improved HVAC systems, High performance windows, air infiltration, and water efficiency.
Benefit Two: More Comfortable
Comfort is a combination of temperature, humidity, air movement and is personal in nature. While there is no combination of temperatures that will be considered perfect for all potential occupants, Energy Smart Builders and their HVAC contractors believe that one key to comfort is "right-sizing" of the HVAC systems. The standard comes from years of research and shows that the vast majority of population is comfortable at a temperature range of 75 degrees to 78 degrees and 45% to 55% relative humidity. This temperature and humidity band is referred to as the ideal comfort range for 80% to 85% of the population. These conditions along with the actual home elements and the historical weather data for your specific location make up the key elements of the load calculation.
Benefit Three: Return on Investment
Efficiency Promise Homes generate immediate returns on the investment. This means that the higher cost to build an "above code" home (like Efficiency Promise Guarantee Homes) has a mortgage cost and a utility bill reduction associated with it. The energy savings generated by building to the home designed specifications are (almost) always more than the monthly mortgage costs associated with the improvements. This is good value and means that your home is "cash flow positive" from day one.
Benefit Four: Improved Resale
Your Efficiency Promise Certificate can provide a "third party verification" that the home has been designed, built, inspected and tested to perform to high standards. Depending on lifestyle, your home has the best chance of producing low energy bills and is certainly 20% to 30% more efficient than homes built to 2006 International Energy Efficiency Code and significantly more efficient than virtually all homes built prior to that time.
Benefit Five: Quality
New homes are crafted individually and by hand. This concept remains true even though some plans are built repeatedly and others utilize some prefabricated walls and/or trusses. Energy Smart Homebuilders voluntarily participate in this "Above Code" Program and by participating demonstrate a "top down" commitment to building high performance and durable homes that use less energy and are comfortable to live in. This commitment provides many benefits.
Benefit Six: Impact on our Environment
There is a growing body of scientific evidence in support of "Climate Change". Regardless of the causes, it is clear that clean air and clean abundant water are vital for the health of our community, the health of our family and the economic vitality of our region. These issues do not just impact our community, but the far reaching impacts of clean air, available and value-priced utilities and available water that impact our region, our state, our country, and our world and, quite possibly, the future.
Our homes are part of the Efficiency Promise program.
What is the Efficiency Promise?
Efficiency Promise guarantees that the energy used to heat and cool your home "Heating/Cooling Energy," as defined and calculated in the account analysis) will not exceed the guaranteed usage listed on the Efficiency Promise certificate or Efficiency Promise will pay the difference in utility heating and cooling cost for the first two years of owning your home.
How does Efficiency Promise determine the amount of energy required to heat and cool my home?
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. Created by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the HERS Index is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. With one number, homeowners and buyers can tell how energy efficient a home is. The lower the score, the better the energy performance of a home.
You can see above that Lillian Custom Homes are well below the standard new home rating on the HERS index. For Lillian homeowners this means lower energy bills, less impact on the environment, higher resale value and much more.
Learn how you can build your new Energy Efficient Home by contacting us!