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Energy Star Flyer

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New Homes
EPA 430-F-03-023 April 2004U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency
 
"I would recommend ENERGY STAR to anyone looking to buy a new home. If this house weren't ENERGY STAR rated, I wouldn't have bought it." 
David Vidal, HomeownerLas Vegas, NV
“Our subcontractors send their best crews because they know their work will be inspected.” 
Astoria Homes, Las Vegas, NVENERGY STAR Builder Partner
“The expense of heating and cooling a home is a major part of the cost of home ownership. By participating in the ENERGY STAR Program, we’ve drastically lowered this expense and been able to deliver what homebuyers really want—affordable value.” 
Michael B. Davis, President, Davis HomesENERGY STAR Builder PartnerIndianapolis, IN
“Our ENERGY STAR home met so many needs. We wanted lots of light, a tight house, and low cooling bills.We got exactly that—ENERGY STAR really does work!” 
Sam and Churice Westbrook, HomeownersAvondale, AZ
“My biggest selling point for buying an ENERGY STAR home was resale value. I would highly recommend ENERGY STAR to anyone because it will definitely save them money in the long run.” 
Barry Ellison, Homeowner/ArchitectLas Vegas, NV
“As consumers become more educated and familiar with all of these benefits that energy efficiency has to offer,in 5 years non-ENERGY STAR rated homes will become functionally obsolete.” 
Karl Sayles, Darty Appraisal ServiceMelrose, FL
 
 WHAT IS
ENERGY STAR
®
?
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed symbol for energyefficiency. The mark identifies new homes, buildings, andmore than 50 types of products that are energy efficient andoffer the features, quality, and performance that today’sconsumers expect.A home that earns the ENERGY STAR is significantly moreefficient than a standard home. By purchasing an ENERGYSTAR qualified home, you can have all the features youdesire in your new home, plus better performance andlower utility bills—all while helping prevent greenhousegas emissions.ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) in 1992 as a voluntary partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increasedenergy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers consumersand businesses energy-efficient solutions to save energy,save money, and help protect the environment for futuregenerations.More than 9,000 organizations, including over 3,500 of thenation’s home builders, are ENERGY STAR partners—committed to improving energy efficiency at home and atwork. In 2006, Americans with the help of ENERGY STARsaved about $14 billion on their utility bills and reducedgreenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from25 million vehicles.
 WHAT MAKES A HOME
ENERGY STAR?
Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR are significantly more energyefficient than standard homes.
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ENERGY STAR builders achieve this high efficiency for you by selecting from a variety of features:
TIGHT CONSTRUCTION AND DUCTS
Advanced techniques for sealing holes and cracks in thehome’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling ducts helpreduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests, and noise. A tightlysealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality whilelowering utility and maintenance costs.
EFFECTIVE INSULATION
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, andattics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, whileusing less energy. The result is lower utility costs and a quieter,more comfortable home.
EFFICIENT HEATING AND COOLING EQUIPMENT
An energy-efficient, properly installed heating and coolingsystem uses less energy to operate, which reduces your utilitybills. This system can also be quieter, reduce indoor humidity,and improve the overall comfort of your home.
HIGH PERFORMANCE WINDOWS
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, suchas protective coatings and improved frame assemblies, to helpkeep heat in during the winter and out during the summer.These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight thatcan discolor carpets and furnishings.
EFFICIENT PRODUCTS
Your home may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualifiedproducts—lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilationfans, and appliances—that offer additional energy savings.
INDEPENDENT TESTING
While it's easy to claim that homes are energy efficient,ENERGY STAR builder partners back that up with verification byan independent Home Energy Rater. The Rater conducts onsiteinspections and testing to verify the performance of the energyefficiency features in your home.
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ENERGY STAR qualified homes are at least 15% more energy efficient thanhomes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) and includeadditional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% moreefficient than standard homes.

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