Where will gas prices stop? With gas prices on the rise again, it is important when making the decision to buy your new home in Atlanta that money and energy savings elements are part of your new home. At Monte Hewett Homes, we strive to build homes that are the most energy efficient on the market today. Here are some important elements to look for in your new home search.
- Everyone in Atlanta agrees in today’s market you MUST buy an EarthCraft home. While protecting the environment during the building stages, your new Atlanta home will also protect you inside after your purchase. Cleaner air, less outside noise, and a tighter house are just a few of the characteristics of an EarthCraft Home builder. Recommended by WSB Radio’s Dave Baker, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, just to name a few of the partners and sponsors, you know money savings are already built into your home. Monte Hewett Homes builds 100% EarthCraft Homes.
- Energy Efficient appliances are another important aspect of a quality, energy efficient new home. Look for the ENERGY STAR seal on all the appliances including the stove, microwave, and refrigerator. And when upgrading your home, also consider new products such as tankless water heaters also recommended by Dave Baker of WSB Radio. Monte Hewett uses and recommends energy efficient appliances by Whirlpool.
- Another obvious new home tip is to look for Programmable Thermostats. Visit the Energy Calculator by Georgia Power to see the difference. While not all new home today are equiped with such thermostats, these inexpensive devices can save you hundreds of dollar a year.
- Take advantage of FREE services from local utilities (discounts on upgrades, tax credits, and more). For example, Georgia Power has the Power Credit program, and you can complete online energy evolutions as well as get advise from Energy Experts.
While the above items are important to search for when purchasing a new home also consider these tips to stop high energy bills. Also be sure to refer to homeowner manuals or online maintenance schedules for your home.
- Check and reseal on an annual basis the windows and doors
- Add extra insulation to attics
- Look for duct leaks in your heating and cooling systems
- Replace filters in Air Conditioning and Heating Units on a regular basis
- Change lightbulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs..take the Change a Light Pledge
- Contact your local utility and ask for energy savings plans
- Check out these other great resources…ENERGY STAR, EarthCraft Homes, Georgia Power