Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Find the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it also meets rigorous energy efficiency guidelines and is verified by a certified independent certified energy evaluator. The evaluator has been trained by a licensed service organization to use modeling software and perform site inspections and testing to verify the performance of the energy efficiency features in your home.
Compared with standard construction, ENERGY STAR® homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling and water heating. Although these energy savings may seem small relative to the cost of monthly mortgage payments, over the years, it can add up to thousands of dollars saved, as well as savings on the maintenance. With energy costs ranking as the second largest overall monthly expense ENERGY STAR® qualified new home specifications require equipment to be installed that will result in a reduction in electrical, fuel and water, the upgraded features pay for themselves with day-in and day-out energy savings of approximately 25-30%.
Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection again cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pests, pollution, and noise. An ENERGY STAR® qualified home helps ensure consistent temperatures between rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.
By choosing a home with ENERGY STAR®, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell. From the day you move in, owning an ENERGY STAR® certified new home will give you the confidence of knowing that it’s a better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow. Should the time come to consider selling your home, the trusted ENERGY STAR® label will set it apart as something better: a home of genuine quality, comfort, and efficiency. In short, your decision to buy an ENERGY STAR® certified new home is a decision to invest in a home you can count on.
Seventeen percent of all Canadian greenhouse gases, which contribute to air pollution and global warming, are generated from the energy used in homes. Because ENERGY STAR® qualified homes use less energy, they help prevent greenhouse gas emissions – an added benefit for today’s environmentally conscious consumers looking for “green” choices. Greater energy efficiency helps us all make the most of our energy resources, mitigates the impact of high energy prices, decreases the need for new power plants, lowers our reliance on energy imports, and reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants at the source.
As well water conservation has also become very important as we want to ensure that our communities have long-term water security and that our rivers and lakes remain healthy. The good news is that advances in water-consuming household equipment are delivering equal or better performance, while using far less water. For instance, high-efficiency toilets require just 4.8 litres per flush – a 30% improvement over low-flush units, and far less water than required by older conventional 13 litre/flush toilets.