New homes are more energy and water efficient than ever before, as consumers expect it, improving the quality of life for years to come. Buying an ENERGY STAR® certified home is a smart investment with short and long term benefits. It means your home will not only continuously save you money, it will help boost your home’s resale value.
So what exactly is an ENERGY STAR® certified home? It’s a home designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today. They meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and deliver energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes.
That amounts to $300 annual savings on average, and thousands over a lifetime. Each ENERGY STAR® certified home reduces greenhouse gases by 3,700 lbs. per year compared to a typical home. These homes have undergone a thorough process of inspections, testing, and verification to become certified, which results in a better quality, more comfortable and durable home.
For allergy sufferers, new homes offer better air quality and a higher quality of life. Doctors recommend shutting windows and running the air conditioning to reduce allergens during high-pollen seasons, and homes with high performance windows and highly-efficient HVAC systems reduce dust, pollen and other allergens in the home.
All Beazer Homes, which will have their Inspirada debut this spring, meet or exceed the benchmark for energy-efficient home construction established by ENERGY STAR®. In fact, Beazer Homes is the proud recipient of the EPA’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.
KB Home was awarded the EPA’s 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award as well! KB Home includes numerous energy efficient features in each home, such as radiant roof barrier, dual glazed Low E glass windows and water saving plumbing fixtures, just for example. Buyers can also visit KB Home’s Design Studio where you can choose between different energy-saving choices such as appliances, lighting, window coverings, and technological choices such as digital wiring as part of their Built to Order™ floor plans.
Pardee Homes introduced the first ENERGY STAR® homes to southern Nevada in 1998. Today, Pardee Homes is still recognized as a national leader in environmentally responsible development, having earned national, state and local awards for their energy-efficient homes. Pardee Homes’ exclusive LivingSmart® program offers more than 30 standard and optional energy-efficient features to help lower utility bills all year round.
Toll Brothers work with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified architects to design beautiful homes that reduce environmental impact, provide energy savings, and offer long-lasting value and comfort. From the engineered wood they use that saves conserves trees to the ductwork and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) air conditioners that use less energy, Toll Brothers is committed to creating sustainable homes.
These homes are more water-efficient and feature water-saving fixtures and toilets, which should be of extreme importance for anyone living in the majestic Mojave Desert. All four builders offer generous warranties on these homes to offer buyers piece of mind.
Buying an energy-efficient home means they are built from the ground up at a higher standard. We invite you to ask questions and geek out with our representatives about all the new possibilities that can make your new home exceptional.