Energy Efficiency Homebuilding
Energy Efficient Builders are qualified to construct and evaluate energy-efficient buildings for people who are interested in an energy efficient mortgage. Energy Efficient Builders deal with the building envelope as a whole. Things such as windows, roofing materials and insulation play a big part in how a home scores on the energy efficiency test.
Smart Energy deals with how you use energy in the home. Things such as gas water heaters vs. electric or gas furnace versus heat pump are important in Smart Energy building. A Smart Energy builder uses a combination of gas and electric appliances to maximize the most economical utility package thus saving the home owner on their utility bills.
Energy Star Builders build to certain specifications set by the EPA. A new Energy Star qualified home performs better for the homeowner and the environment thanks to a variety of energy efficient features. Energy savings are based on heating, cooling, and hot water energy use and are typically achieved through a combination of building envelope upgrades, high performance windows, controlled air infiltration, upgraded heating and air conditioning systems, tight duct systems and ugraded water heating equipment. To become an Energy Star rated builder, visit the EPA's Web site.
Green Building incorporates energy efficiency along with 4 other areas of concern: water conservation, site development, health, and materials. Build San Antonio Green is a local program that considers all five components of the home to make a more efficient, healthier and less invasive home.
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) are available for homebuyers purchasing energy efficient homes. EEMs allow buyers to qualify for larger home loans based on quantifiably low monthly energy bills. Ask your lender to explain the EEM products provided by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It is even possible to refinance a home with an EEM to make it more energy efficient.
FCIC - "EEM Home Owner Guide"
HUD - Energy Efficiency Mortgages
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Tax Incentives for Energy-Efficient Buildings and Products *Extended through December 2008
Energy Star Qualified New Homes
News for Release: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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(Washington, D.C. - Oct. 4, 2006) Saving $30, and protecting the environment, is as easy as changing a light bulb. If every American household changed a single light bulb to an Energy Star bulb, it would provide enough power to light more than 2.5 million homes, while saving consumers money.
"Change A Light, Change The World," which starts today, is an annual campaign by EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) that encourages Americans to replace a conventional bulb or fixture in the home or workplace with one that has earned the government's Energy Star label for energy efficiency. This year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is joining the campaign to extend its reach.
"Through Energy Star, President Bush and EPA are brightening America's future – literally – one light at a time," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Saving energy and saving money just makes sense. By encouraging smart energy decisions, we are getting these lights off the store shelves and into people's homes."
"The Department of Energy encourages all Americans to answer the president's call to be more energy efficient," Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said. "Taking small and easy steps, such as replacing light bulbs with newer, more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, can add up to real, substantive savings."
"Simply replacing a normal light bulb with an Energy Star bulb not only protects the environment and saves energy, but it will also help families save on their utility bills," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "HUD is especially concerned with the impact of utility costs on affordable housing. Low and moderate-income families spend a disproportionately large share of their incomes on utilities and are particularly vulnerable to spikes in energy costs."
Energy Star qualified bulbs and fixtures use one-third the energy of traditional models and last up to 10 times longer. In fact, consumers can save more than $30 in utility costs over the lifetime of one bulb. Replacing the most frequently used lights at home will yield the most savings.
Individuals who pledged during last year's "Change a Light, Change the World" Campaign will prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to nearly 3,000 vehicles and save $2 million in energy costs.
The less energy we use, the less energy electric utilities must generate, and less demand means fewer greenhouse gas emissions. If homeowners change just one bulb to an Energy Star qualified bulb they will prevent the release of more than 450 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
President Bush and EPA are working to change the way America powers its homes and businesses by promoting common-sense conservation measures like the Energy Star program. Products that have earned the Energy Star label save energy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by EPA and DOE. The Energy Star program works with more than 8,000 private and public sector organizations. Many of these organizations will help celebrate the "Change A Light, Change The World" campaign with activities, events, government proclamations and store promotions showcasing energy-efficient lighting.
Americans are invited to visit the Energy Star Web site to join the more than 110,000 who have pledged to replace at least one light at home, and see the positive difference even small energy-saving actions at home can make.
For information about the Energy Star Change A Light campaign, click here.
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