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 www.energystar.gov and for more information on Tallahassee’s new Energy Star 3.0 homes in the Bull Run development log on to www.tallahasseehomesrealty.com