Are you in the market for a new home or want to remodel the one you already have? If so make the green decision when home shopping. Energy efficient homes help you save money on utility bills, year after year. Many local builders are building energy-efficient homes that are certified through these programs.
ENERGY STAR – To earn the Energy Star, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 IRC, and include additional energy-saving features.
EARTH ADVANTAGE – This free standing nonprofit organization works with builders and developers to bring the most energy efficient, sustainable and healthy homes to the market.
LEED for Homes – LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Deasign) for homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high performance “green” homes. LEED homes have lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fewer problems with mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.