We Build What Buyers Want: Energy Efficient Homes

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It didn’t take recent surveys by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors for us to know that energy efficiency tops the list of what buyers want in their homes.  We’ve been building energy efficient features into every home we build long before “energy efficiency” entered our vocabulary.  

And advances in building technology means that energy efficiency in new homes keeps getting better. The Department of Energy provides proof. 

Its data reveals that energy usage is down.  Homes built in the 1980’s average 43.5 thousand BTU’s annually for heating and cooling.  By the 2000’s, the average had dropped to 37.1 thousand BTU’s

Lower usage equates to lower costs. Housing built in the 1980’s costs an average of $1.06 per square foot per year on energy. Housing built in the 1990’s costs an average of 96 cents per square foot per year.  By the 2000’s, the average was down to 88 cents per square foot.

But those are averages.  Every new home that’s built must meet current energy codes.  Our homes are at least 30% - and often more - more efficient than new homes that meet the codes, as measured by the HERS index.   

Find out about the index and the energy efficiency we build into every home…and we think you’ll see that we believe that energy is best spent enjoying your new home rather than spent on higher utility costs!

- Betsy de Parry, VP, Marketing and Sales, info@annarborbuilders.com

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- Betsy de Parry, VP, Sales and Marketing, info@annarborbuilders.com

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