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Energy Star Homes in Commack

Todays Date: January 18, 2019

We all want to conserve energy. This saves your family money and has a significant positive impact on our environment. Regardless of your motivation, purchasing a newly built Energy Star qualified house helps ensure great energy efficiency.

What precisely is an Energy Star new house? Is all new construction “green” and good for the environment? How can I know whether the home that I’m purchaseing is truly energy efficient?

The federal government has set out standards as to what constitutes an Energy Star rated new home. This is critical because buzz words such as “green” have no clear definition. Is a new homebuilder claiming to be green simply because he used energy-efficient lighting? Is it really “green” just because the house has insulation? While are good things, it does not make your new house “green.”

To be sure that new construction you’re looking at is truly energy efficient, look for the official “Energy Star” certification that is only awarded to certain qualified houses.

Government guidelines at www.energystar.gov, list the criteria a home must meet to become Energy Star qualified:

First, the new home must make use of effective insulation that is both properly installed and inspected. Insulation should be used in the walls, floors and attics to ensure level temperatures throughout the new house. This can drastically lower energy use and provide greater comfort in your house as it maintains level temperatures.

Second, the structure should be built with tight construction and well fitted duct work. Small cracks and holes can cause cold air in and warm air to escape, greatly reducing the energy savings of your house. A gap the size of a quarter can be a problem.

Next, the new house should use efficient windows with protective coatings and improved window frames. The goal here is to prevent cold air from coming in in the winter and to keep the warm air out in the summer. A good UV coating on the windows also prevents fading of furniture, carpets and paint in your new house.

Fourth, only Energy Star appliances should be used in the house. These appliances use less electricity, oil and natural gas, and produce much less waste vs. their non-rated counterparts.

Next, Energy Star rated appliances should be used in the home, including compact fluorescent bulbs, fans, lighting fixtures, appliances, air conditioning, refrigeration, dishwashers and washing machines. The more energy efficient appliances you have, the lower your electric costs will be.

Finally, Energy Star home builders can go through a third-party verification process to verify that the houses built attain these standards. This is done to ensure that builders are reputable and are delivering on their energy-efficient promises.

Craig Axelrod is one of the partners from Emmy Homes. Emmy is which is one of Long Island’s most established home developers. Emmy’s Commack real estate features new construction in Commack. Visit EmmyHomes.com for more details.

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