Energy Star For New Homes
“ENERGY STAR homes are one of the key recommendations in the North Carolina State Energy Plan. They will typically save $300 to $500 per year on heating, cooling, and hot water bills. That's $9,000 to $15,000 over the life of a 30-year mortgage.” Larry Shirley, director of the North Carolina State Energy Office.
Keep reading to learn more about Energy Star Homes:
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort. Learn more about Properly Installed Insulation (149KB).
Tight Construction and Ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in the home's "envelope" and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility and maintenance. Learn more about Efficient Duct Systems (163KB).
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings. Learn more about Qualified Windows (212KB).
Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. When properly installed into a tightly sealed home, this equipment won't have to work so hard to heat and cool the home. Learn more about:
- Qualified Heating Equipment (142KB)
- Qualified Cooling Equipment (178KB)
- Mechanical Ventilation (140KB)
ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products - lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified products:
- Qualified Appliances (153KB)
- Qualified Lighting (170KB)
- Advanced Lighting Package (91KB)
- High Efficiency Water Heaters (177KB)
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details. Learn more about Independent Inspection and Testing (182KB).
Energy Star Mortgage Programs
There is a plethora of mortgage products that give homeowners in closing cost for buying an Energy Star Home. Call us for more information on these products or to get linked up with a lender.
Utility Rate Discounts
Currently, Duke Energy, SCE& G, and Georgia Power all have discounts for Energy Star Homeowners. Just one more way you save!
Contact your local Elm Energy office to learn more Energy Star for new homes, we've certified homes in multiple markets and know the ends and outs of the program. It's your first and best step toward having a high performing home
Resources/For Further Reading
- Are there utility rebates available for home performance?
- What's the first step in home performance for an existing home? A home energy audit