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Benefits of Buying an Energy Star Home

When it comes to buying a house and having to think about mortgages, locations and school districts, the stress level seems to increase. With an estimated 16% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions being generated from the energy used in houses nationwide to contribute to the smog, acid rain and global warming, making sure your house minimizes environmental harm is something else to consider. One way to make sure your house doesn’t contribute to the pollution is by purchasing an Energy Star labeled house.

If you’re looking at buying a new house, these government approved homes are a beneficial investment. For one, Energy Star protects the environment from the energy in our homes that generates a great deal of air pollution. Additional perks for Energy Star homeowners include confidence in the product that is easily identified as energy efficient. Owners of an Energy Star home save money over time. Different than a standard home, these cost substantially less for energy, heating, cooling, and water-heating. There is an estimated $200-$400 in savings every year. Let’s do the math–if you live in the house for an average of 7-8 years, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utilities.

Better performance is also a benefit of buying an energy star home. With energy-efficient improvements, there is better protection against weather, pollution and noise. An energy-efficient home ensures consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality and greater durability.

Essentially, these homes are smart investments and will increase in value by the time you are ready to sell. More than 8,500 home builders have partnered with the EPA to create more than 1 million Energy Star qualified homes. While the price tag may seem to be more expensive, Energy Star homes save money–future expenses can go towards redecorating instead of utilities.

Invest in Energy Efficient Features for Your Remodeling Project

Kitchen home renovationSpring is the season for cleaning and home maintenance. It’s time to clean out the garage, organize the closet and just give your home a full-on makeover. For those that are using their tax returns for a home remodeling project, Sterling Custom Homes, a luxury custom home builder in Austin, wants to encourage you to invest in energy efficient features.

Why should I spend the extra money upfront for these energy efficient features?

Truthfully, there are numerous benefits to turning your home into a green, eco-friendly, efficient machine, and we’ll touch on just a few:

  • It’s better for the environment! This is a no-brainer when it comes to investing in green features. Our natural resources are running out quickly, and we need to be much more conscientious about how we are using them. You will significantly reduce your carbon footprint just by incorporating a few green features into your home.
  • You’ll save money in the long run. Yes, it may be more out of your pocket upfront, but once you start seeing your monthly utility bills decreasing, you’ll realize how you actually come out ahead.
  • Increases your home value. Homes with energy efficient and green features are worth more, and they are also more desirable to home shoppers.
  • Tax credits – the government has many different tax credits for you to claim for all of your energy efficient and green features.

The trick though, is that you cannot just choose any home remodeler and think they know what they are doing when it comes to building green. At Sterling Custom Homes, Duke McDowell and Vick Pope have both earned their Certified Green Professional designation from the NAHB. We also have other staff members working towards achieving this prestigious designation. Earning the CGP title requires many hours of education as well as continuing education, to stay up-t0-date with the latest green building products and technologies. From energy-efficient appliances to water-conserving faucets and everything in between, we would be delighted to help guide you in your green home renovation (at least for those in the Austin area).

The materials and techniques of home construction are changing to favor a more sustainable product, and it’s time that you adapted with the industry.