Buy New, Conserve Energy

November 19, 2018

Is your home due for a remodel? Not just kitchen counters or bathroom tile. The things you don’t see — your water heater, heating and cooling systems — even your windows. Things that can cost you money without you even realizing it.

If your current home is 10 years or older, it might not be as energy-efficient as a brand new home. Retrofitting your home is an option, of course, but it’s expensive and older construction might not support the newer, greener options available.

The solution is to buy a new home. Today’s homes are 20 percent more efficient than older homes.  APS ENERGY STAR® Homes — such as those offered by Westin Homes and Chesmar Homes — are at least 15 percent more energy efficient even than homes that are only five years old.

Many of today’s builders adhere to the strict standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. These homes are verified through third-party inspectors so you know your home will be more energy efficient and will save you money on heating and cooling bills.

Beyond certification, there is the HERS score the Department of Energy adopted as an industry standard as a sort of “miles per gallon” rating for homes. When it comes to HERS, a lower rating means less energy used and more cost savings. A typical 10-year-old home has a HERS score of 100. Today’s new homes score much lower. Meritage Homes’ designs, for example, generally score a 61.

How do builders do it? It depends on the builder, but in general, homes are constructed with improved insulation, high-performance windows that help block the amount of sunlight entering your home, tighter construction and ducts, high-efficiency lighting, efficient HVAC systems and Energy Star®-rated appliances.

Smart home technology is increasingly being built into homes and devices. Lennar and Taylor Morrison place smart thermostats in all their homes. Smart thermostats such as Nest can be controlled by apps, allowing you to easily change the temperature.

Many builders also offer options such as solar panels. WaterSense certification ensures your home's indoor and landscape water usage meets or exceeds the EPA's standards for efficiency.

All Sienna Plantation builders construct greener, more energy-efficient homes ensuring that you save money over the life of your home. And with a wide range of home choices, you are sure to find a home that suits your lifestyle — oh, and they come with new floors, tile and counters, too.

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