When it comes to energy efficiency we hold ourselves to a higher standard. We use advanced construction practices, cutting-edge green technologies, and durable materials to ensure resilience and lower maintenance costs for the life of your home. Even though some technologies add some preliminary expense, our self-sustaining systems will lower your utility bills and add significantly to the current and long-term value of your home. The following provides an overview of the energy systems and features we can install in your home. Additional information about these systems is available to you upon request.
Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems
Geothermal HVAC systems use the warmth of the earth to both heat and cool your home. Because the ground temperature in Maryland remains a constant 55° year round, it provides an optimal temperature for geothermal efficiency. In the summer, the ground is cooler than the air so the system draws cooling energy from the earth and transfers it to your HVAC system. In the winter the ground is warmer than the air so the system draws warm energy from the earth and transfers it to your HVAC system. There are many benefits of using a geothermal system, including:
- Reduced Carbon Footprint: Uses free, renewable energy found in your own back yard
- No Fuel: No more need for costly propane or natural gas
- Reliability: Fewer moving parts means less technical or repair problems
- Durability: Inside components last 25 years or more
- Zone Conditioning: Different areas of your home can be heated or cooled independently
- Quiet: There are no loud outdoor condenser units
- Small Space: Requires less space than a traditional HVAC system
- Heat Hot Water: When attached to your water heater, it will boost the water temperature
Solar Hot Water Systems — also called solar thermal systems—absorb the sun’s light using solar collectors, which are usually mounted on the roof. The light is then converted into heat energy, which is used to provide either hot water for household use or heat for the home. Installing a solar hot water system will save you money in the long term.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
(PV) systems use solar panels or modules to absorb sunlight that is converted directly into electricity. People use solar PV systems because of the environmental benefits as well as the financial return. While there is the initial expense of the system, the long-term savings in electricity costs can be significant.
Small Wind Turbines
Small wind turbines provide clean, renewable energy. When deciding if a small wind turbine system is right for your home, it is important to consider the location of your home, the average wind speed in the area, how much electricity can be produced, and whether the amount of electricity will be worth the investment.
ENERGY STAR Certified
If you ask anyone who lives in an ENERGY STAR certified home today whether they would be willing to go back to their old home and you’ll likely hear a resounding “no!” From the moment you walk in the door of an ENERGY STAR certified home, you’ll see, feel, and hear the difference. Our integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices adds up to a comfortable durable home, reduced utility and maintenance costs, and a greater resale value tomorrow.
ENERGY STAR Certified homes use 20% -30% less energy than typical new homes–even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today. The ENERGY STAR label signifies that your new home was designed and built to higher standards than those that are not. Your home will have undergone more rigorous inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It means higher quality, more comfort, and long-lasting durability. Ultimately, it means that your new home is a great investment. Our new ENERGY STAR Certified homes are designed to include energy-efficient features, smart equipment, and systems that deliver superior performance. These value-adding features include things like:
- Complete Thermal Enclosure System that includes high quality air sealing, insulation, windows, and doors for improved comfort and lower utility bills.
- High-Efficiency Heating, Ventilation & Cooling System that suits your specific home and is installed for optimal performance.
- Comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.
- Energy-Efficient Lighting & Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
RECs also known as Green Tags, Renewable Electricity Certificates, or Tradable Renewable Certificates—measure the amount of clean energy that a generator has produced from a renewable source, such as wind or solar, and transferred to the power grid. The generator assigns a unique “certificate,” or number, to each megawatt-hour (1,000 kilowatt-hours) of energy produced.
RECs help you quantify the environmental advantage of clean energy generation—the emissions avoided by producing energy from a clean energy source instead of from a standard fuel source like coal, oil, or gas. If you produce excess energy with your solar or wind turbine system, you can earn RECs, which can be paid to you for your efforts to support clean energy. We offer the RECs with any installation, and we help with the applications. Find out more about RECs on the EPA’s website.
You can also learn more about green technologies and products at the Frederick Green Homes Challenge website.