Get comfortable with your energy bill.
Energy efficiency is about more than the right appliances. Your house has to work with them.
For example, an ENERGY STAR®-certified furnace can't do its job well if heat is escaping through the windows.
A performance home is designed with building materials that keep conditioned air inside, where it belongs. So you're only using (and paying for) the energy your house needs.
The following components save energy in your home.
- Control leakage, which can reduce energy use
- Uncontrolled air leakage wastes energy used to heat and cool
- Improved thermal performance across the whole wall
- Uses a lot more material to save energy
- Properly sized heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment are able to work more efficiently
- HVAC equipment has to work harder to compensate for air leakage
- HERS-rated index score (the lower the score, the better)
- Most standard homes do not offer an energy rating
- Independent tests and certifications like ENERGY STAR® or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes
- Code-built homes don't go above and beyond to add value