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EPA Recognizes Ivey Residential With 2013 Energy Star® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award

Categories: Energy Efficiency | Posted: March 7, 2013

Ivey Residential earns award for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

EVANS, Georgia, March 5, 2013 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Ivey Residential with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for their continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency. Ivey Residential’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2013.

Ivey Residential, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2006, will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. The iveyWise program, developed exclusively by Ivey Residential, includes features and benefits that ensure each new home is on the cutting edge of efficiency, affordability and convenience, while employing the most progressive construction techniques. An iveyWise home includes features and construction techniques that go over and above what the International Code Council prescribes in the International Building Code for new construction.

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future through their participation in ENERGY STAR.

Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Ivey Residential is committed to increasing energy efficiency with our iveyWise program, and through our partnership with ENERGY STAR. Ivey was the first builder in the Augusta area to go 100% ENERGY STAR and is one of a select few that still builds 100% ENERGY STAR. In addition, we’ve worked many years to balance the many green choices available between costs and payback,” said Matt Ivey.

“EPA is recognizing Ivey Residential for earning EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award – the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award,” said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Ivey Residential leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment.”

The 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

About Ivey Residential
Ivey Residential is an award-winning builder in Augusta, Georgia, North Augusta and Aiken, South Carolina that builds energy efficient homes — from townhomes to large custom homes. All new homes constructed by Ivey Residential are built to Energy Star standards. For more information about Ivey Residential, visit


ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Top 10 Tips For Moving Into Your New Home

Categories: Purchasing a New Home | Posted: February 26, 2013

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  1. Become familiar with your surroundings.  Locate the most important places of interest such as local grocery stores, banks, gas station, gyms, schools and hospitals or health care facilities.  Also become familiar with the location of the nearest post office and be sure to fill out a change of address form.  Take a drive around town and be sure to check out all that your community has to offer.  The local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor Center may be able to help you with this.
  1. Have all medical (for your family and pets!), dental, legal and school records transferred and taken care of before you make your move.  Ask your doctors if they may be able to refer you to a provider in your new area.
  1. Transfer all of your utilities and services before you officially settle into your new home.  Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home.  Be sure that all of your bills are accounted for such as electricity, gas, water, sewage, cable, phone, and internet.  Also, change the address to any previous subscriptions you may have been participating in.
  1. Stop into the DMV to get a new driver’s license and new tags for your vehicle.
  1. Keep all receipts and documentation from your move in a safe place.  Be sure to include items from the sale of your old home (if this pertains to you), papers from the moving company or truck you used, and everything you accumulated from the purchase of your new home.  Having everything in one place will really help during tax time.
  1. Safety First!   Check all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and make sure that you have a number of fire extinguishers and other safety products somewhere where they are easily accessible.
  1. Set up a checking account in your new locations before your make your move.  Not every bank is available in every location so be sure that your current bank is available where you are going and if not set up a new account at a different bank.  You will need access to money during all stages of your move.  Some businesses will accept checks or cards, while others are cash only.  So you will need to be sure that all of your money is easily accessible.
  1. Make sure that you make a box just for the essentials when packing.  You may want to include items like the coffee pot, coffee, snacks, toilet paper, trash bags, cleaning supplies, hand soap or water bottles.
  1. Try to label all or most of your boxes beforehand so you will have an easier experience when it comes time to unpack and organize.  Double check the amount of boxes and supplies you will need.  Keep all valuable or difficult to replace items with you instead of packing them away on the moving truck.
  1. Go out and introduce your family to your new neighbors.  Other than helping you to boost your social crowd, this will help in case of emergencies and will help you feel more secure in your new surroundings.


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