New England Cedar Homes announced today that it has joined a nationwide effort to help the environment through participation in the Energy Star program. This voluntary partnership sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helps homebuyers, businesses, and other organizations save money and reduce air pollution by upgrading their homes to use energy more efficiently. New England Cedar Homes has joined EPA and more than 2,400 builders, manufacturers, and retailers throughout the United States to help reduce pollution by building more efficient products.
New England Cedar Homes offers Energy Star labeled homes throughout the east coast of the United States. Scott Steele, General Manager of the Virginia branch added that the Energy Star program was attracting many customers who were looking at minimizing their new home power costs, while adding increased value to their home.
New England Cedar Homes offer an assortment of energy-efficient features including increased levels of insulation, efficient windows, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and tightly sealed air ducts. Such features can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 30 percent, according to Sam Rashkin, Director of Energy Star for New Homes. This translates into substantial utility bill savings every month. Additional benefits to homebuyers are the innovations that lead to a more energy-efficient, quieter, healthier and comfortable home. Improved indoor air quality, sound-proofing, and the lack of drafts and uneven temperatures across rooms are among the advantageous results of energy-efficient construction
According to EPA estimates, 20 percent of all air pollution results from home energy usage. Introduced in 1995, Energy Star for homes currently has more than 2,400 partners nationwide.