A new home may be the biggest purchase decision you’ll make in your lifetime. As a buyer, you have a choice and a say in the style, size and price range of your "dream" home. You also can have a choice and a say in its design, construction, equipment and landscaping – and reduce energy costs, usage, help preserve natural resources and be eligible for a variety of rebates.
View your new home as an energy system with interdependent parts.
The key to achieving these savings in your home is a whole–house energy efficiency plan. To take a whole–house approach, view your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. For example, your heating system is not just a furnace–it’s a heat–delivery system that starts at the furnace and delivers heat throughout your home using a network of ducts. Even a top–of–the–line, energy–efficient furnace will burn a lot of fuel if the ducts, walls, attic, windows and doors are not insulated and leak.
Where to start:
- Educate yourself on new home choices related to energy efficiency, comfort, healthy indoor air and durability.
- Ask your builder key questions about home performance.
- Look for ENERGY STAR labeled homes as certification of high performance.
- Check out the green your New Home programs and services.