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Why Choose An ENERGY STAR Homebuilder in Maryland?
Green-Living Homes, LLC will build you a top quality green home that will leave you 100% satisfied!
Green-Living Homes, LLC. is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR© label. The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ENERGY STAR certified homes are better because they are designed and built to provide homeowners:
Peace of Mind. The result of a home that’s built better.
With the ENERGY STAR label on your new home, you can be confident that it will deliver. When ENERGY STAR requirements are applied to new home construction, an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices adds up to a durable, comfortable home with reduced utility and maintenance costs. Our ENERGY STAR certified homes have undergone more inspections and testing than typical homes, to ensure that your new home was built to higher standards by our homebuilders.
Enduring Quality. Better systems make all the difference.
Purchasing a new home is a big investment, so it’s important to be sure that it’s built to last. We’ve designed all of our new ENERGY STAR certified homes to include value-adding energy efficiency features, and a combination of materials and equipment that will deliver better performance. As green modular custom homebuilders, we believe that this is important.
ENERGY STAR certified new homes include features like:
- A complete Thermal Enclosure System that includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows, to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.
- A high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System that is designed and installed for optimal performance.
- A comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.
- Energy-efficient Lighting and Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.
- Wall-to-Wall Comfort. A better way to live.
Ask anyone who lives in an ENERGY STAR certified home to go back to their old home. You’ll likely hear that there’s no way they’ll give up the comfort that came with the ENERGY STAR label on their new home. From the moment you walk in the door of an ENERGY STAR certified home, you’ll see, feel, and hear the difference. Proven Value. A better investment for today and tomorrow. ENERGY STAR certified new homes offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes, making them a better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today. Choose a green home today!
For more information on our ENERGY STAR certified new homes, contact Green-Living Homes, LLC. Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/newhomes.
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
Renewable energy certificates, or RECs, are basically green tags that measure the amount of clean energy that a generator has produced from a clean, renewable source, like 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 also symbolize 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. Another benefit is that purchasing RECs is an easy way to reduce your environmental footprint without breaking the bank.
Solar Hot Water Systems
Solar hot water systems, or solar thermal systems, absorb the sun’s light using solar collectors, which are usually mounted on the roof. This 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 can save you money in the long run.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Solar photovoltaic, or PV, systems use solar panels or modules to absorb sunlight that is converted directly into electricity. Many people choose to use solar PV systems because of the environmental benefits, but the financial payback is also critical to many. The cost of solar electricity has been declining rapidly, and although the upfront costs may be a barrier to some people, the savings in electricity costs will help you in the long run.
Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems
Geothermal heating & cooling systems use the heat of the earth to heat and cool your home. Because the ground temperature here in Maryland remains at a constant 55°F year round, it provides an almost optimum temperature for this equipment to efficiently heat and cool a home. In the summer, the heat taken out of the air in your house is transferred to the ground. The opposite of this process goes into effect during the winter, when the heat of the ground is transferred to your house.
There are several benefits of using a geothermal system, including:
- Reliability – few moving parts means less technical problems
- Durability – inside components last 25 years or more
- Zone Conditioning – different areas of your home can be heated or cooled to different temperatures
- Quiet – there are no outside condensing units, so there’s no noise outside the home
- Small Space Requirements – require less space than a traditional HVAC system
Small Wind Turbines
Small wind turbines utilize wind caused by differences in air pressure in our Earth’s atmosphere, providing 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 that amount of electricity will be worth the investment.
Here at Green-Living Homes, we can furnish and install any of these green products in your home. We also offer the RECs with any installation, and we help with the applications. Please call (240) 439-4351 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these products for your home. Green-Living Homes is an expert at building custom green homes in Maryland.
For more information on any of these products or our homebuilding services, visit the Frederick Green Homes Challenge website.