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What’s Your HERS?

Categories: Energy Efficiency | Posted: June 28, 2012

While you wouldn’t buy a car without knowing what the MPG is, why would you buy a home without knowing what its energy rating is?

When purchasing a new home in Augusta, Georgia it’s easy to get caught up in the things that you can see.  While the fit and feel of the home is important to your enjoyment of the home, the real quality of the home is in how it’s built.  Determining how it’s built is difficult unless you’ve been trained in construction and you’ve watched the entire process.  That is why at Ivey Residential we use a third party verification system to make sure that certain systems of the home are constructed to the highest standards and then these systems are scored based on national criteria.

The scoring system is called HERS, Home Energy Rating System.  It identifies the home’s energy performance compared to new homes and older homes.  The lower the score the more energy efficient the home.  A typical new home built to 2004 energy codes has a score of 100.  A typical existing home has a score of 130.  An energy efficient home has score in the mid-80’s.  Ivey Residential builds all of our homes to the rigorous Energy Star 3.0 standards and we have an average HERS score around 70.  This makes us 15% more energy efficient than a standard energy efficient home, 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home, and 60% more energy efficient than an older used home.

On all Ivey homes look for the Energy Performance Guide (EPG) and compare our homes to our competition.  For more information on how we build our homes, visit our website and look for the iveyWise™ button.  We also have a dedicated room in our model at Canterbury Farms showcasing what we do behind the walls.

What is a Solar Ready Home?

Categories: Energy Efficiency | Posted: June 8, 2012

Ivey Residential is about to complete their first solar ready new homes in Crawford Creek in Evans, GA.  As the pricing on solar panels continues to drop and their efficiency continues to increase, their use will likely start to rise.  What we’re putting into place in Crawford Creek will allow you to hook into the homes electrical system through the HVAC system now or at some point in the future with little disruption to your home.  If you decide to move forward with the solar panels now, there are two tax incentives available on the federal and state level.  These incentives could offset as much as 65% of the cost of the panels.

One immediate benefit of this system is an upgraded 14 SEER cooling system.  This system is more efficient than a standard system and will save you money on your cooling bill, day one.  Also, each and every Ivey home is built to the Energy Star 3.0 standards.

With the tax credits solar makes sense today, but if you’re not convinced yet, doesn’t it make sense to at least be ready?  Find out more by clicking here.

Solar House System

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