New Energy Star 3.0 Homes in Tallahassee

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

June 11, 2012 - The first Energy Star version 3.0 homes have made their way to Tallahassee. According to Jane Conn, a Certified Energy Rater for ES Green & Company "an Energy Star home is a home that's built way beyond what the code requirements are." Energy Star is a voluntary program for new home construction that includes value added energy efficient features, materials and equipment that work together to deliver better performance. Porter Chandler, with Tallahassee Homes says "as a builder we have to be certified, we have to have independent rating companies certify who don't work for us but they work for the home, certifying the homes to make sure that they comply with EPA guidelines."

Some of the guidelines a home must meet include effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts efficient heating and cooling equipment and Energy Star qualified lighting and appliances. According to Conn, the new 3.0 version Energy Star home will save the future homeowner 20 to 25 percent in energy usage. One of the many benefits with a high performance home is the programmable thermostat. This enables the homeowner to set the temperature to automatically adjust for when you are at home and when you are away. Conn states "your unit doesn't have to work as hard, it doesn't have to run as long and you don't have to pay as much money."

A common question asked is can you upgrade a home that is already build to be Energy Star certified? Conn says "it's not usual to take an existing home and give it an Energy Star qualification, you can make it much more efficient though." If you are in the market for your home to be energy efficient and good for the environment, watch for the blue Energy Star label. Chandler says "buyers know that they are making a good decision for their families in delivering better efficient homes, durable homes, and more comfortable homes."

For additional information on the Energy Star program log on to and for more information on Tallahassee’s new Energy Star 3.0 homes in the Bull Run development log on to

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  • by HomeSoon on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
    I have friends who bought a home from Tallahassee Homes and they absolutely LOVE their new home! It is also a gorgeous home so I recommend them highly. My husband and I plan on buying an Energy Efficent Home in the next 6-9 months.
  • by Sandy Location: Tallahassee on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    Really think about it before you buy anything from Porter Chandler or Tallahassee Homes. I've had friends that bought houses from this man before. All of them told me that they regret it. I wouldn't let this guy build a dog house for me.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
    Are these homes also fitted with solar hot water and or solar electric?, if not they are saving minimal energy and still paying alot from the meter charge. Please inform the public that you can not seal up a house with gas heat or cooking like you can one that has central air heatpump and electric cooking.
  • by SnapDragon Location: Tallahassee on Jun 11, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    Sounds good on paper, until you figure out the costs versus the savings...
  • by gary on Jun 11, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    You got to have the love of Green to go green. What a waist of reading material. Nothing new here.
    • reply
      by Spell Check on Jun 11, 2012 at 02:21 PM in reply to gary
      In reply to gary: Waste not waist.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:43 AM in reply to Spell Check
        Spell check would not have caught this error because they are both words.
  • by Danny Location: Tallahassee on Jun 11, 2012 at 05:12 AM
    Being a retired builder, I have found that the extra cost you pay for all these Energy Star feature's it will take 80-100 years to make it up in your electric bill. But I guess it create's jobs. Sad :(
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      by Yep on Jun 11, 2012 at 07:42 AM in reply to Danny
      Saves 20-25%, but it takes longer to recoup than it does to pay off the mortgage.
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