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ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. 

Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars - all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills. 

Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice. 

    - If looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy.

    - If looking for a new home, look for one that has earned the ENERGY STAR.

    - If looking to make larger improvements to your home, EPA offers tools and resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your energy bills and improve home comfort. 

For Business: 

Because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings - for the bottom line and the environment  - as typical approaches, EPA's ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements. 

EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 62,000 buildings across the country. EPA also recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR.

Henry B. Nathan, at United Realty Group is a Real Estate Professional specialized in South Florida. This information is included in my website for your information only and without responsibility on my part.

If you are searching for information to purchase a condo or a home in Aventura, or a Florida Condo, a Miami Condo, a Sunny Isles Condo or a Hollywood condo; a Fort Lauderdale Condo or a South Beach Condo, please call Henry B. Nathan and I will give  you my best assistance.

Benefits for Homeowners

ADDED CONFIDENCE

Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy efficient construction. Instead, look for the government backed ENERGY STAR label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Find the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it also meets strict energy efficiency guidelines.

LOWER OWNERSHIP COST

Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Over the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your home, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills. Additional savings on maintenance can also be substantial. Financing your home purchase using an energy efficient mortgage can also lead to savings.

BETTER PERFORMANCE

Properly installed energy efficient  improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution, and noise. An energy  efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.

SMART INVESTMENT

To date, more than 5,000 home builders have partnered with EPA to construct more than 840,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes. By the end of the decade, more than 2 million homes are expected to earn the ENERGY STAR. The trend is clear. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.

Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.


Home Improvement

Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency with ENERGY STAR

Making your home more energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills and improve comfort. Many common home problems like moisture on window panes; ice dams; peeling paint; and mold, can also often be solved by taking steps to improve energy efficiency.

Improving energy efficiency with ENERGY STAR is also an important first step in the growing trend of 'green remodeling.' That's because the energy we use in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. So, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.

ENERGY STAR can guide you in making your home more energy efficient - whether you do-it-yourself or hire a qualified professional. Take these steps to get started or use the new ENERGY STAR Home Advisor to get specific, customized recommendations on how you can make your home more energy efficient, cut utility bills, and improve comfort - all while helping to protect the environment.
Analyze your Home's Energy Use

If you have five minutes and your last 12 months of utility bills, use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick to compare your home's energy efficiency to similar homes across the country and get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements from ENERGY STAR. Or hire a professional to perform a comprehensive home energy audit.


Air Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR Home Sealing

Sealing air leaks that cause uncomfortable drafts and adding insulation are two of the most cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. Use ENERGY STAR Home Sealing to guide you in making these improvements that every home should have.


Heat and Cool Efficiently

Learn to make smart decisions about heating and cooling efficiently. Change your air filter regularly, install a programmable thermostat, seal your heating and cooling ducts, and consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment.
Choose ENERGY STAR Qualified Products

More than 50 types of products can earn the ENERGY STAR, including appliances, lighting, home electronics, and home office equipment. ENERGY STAR qualified products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.

Take the Whole House Approach with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

A whole-house assessment by a contractor participating in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR can uncover your home's performance problems and identify improvements that, when made together, can greatly improve your home's energy efficiency and comfort. The contractor can also help you get the work done right. Find out if Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is available in your area.

Energy Efficient Home Features

ENERGY STAR qualified homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC).
Any home three stories or less can earn the ENERGY STAR label if it has been verified to meet EPA's guidelines for energy efficiency. This includes site constructed homes, attached or detached homes, single or low rise multifamily residential buildings, manufactured homes, systems built (e.g., SIP or modular) and log homes, existing homes, or retrofitted homes.


ENERGY STAR qualified homes achieve energy savings through established, reliable building technologies. Builders work with Home Energy Raters to select from a number of features when planning and building homes.


Take a tour behind the walls of an ENERGY STAR qualified home.
1. Effective Insulation
Properly installed, climate appropriate insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, less energy consumption, and increased comfort. Learn more about Properly Installed Insulation.


2. High Performance Windows
Energy efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frame assemblies, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight.


3. Tight Construction and Ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in the home's 'envelope' and in duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility bills. Learn more about Efficient Duct Systems .

4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
In addition to using less energy to operate, energy efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. Typically, energy efficient equipment is also more durable and requires less maintenance than standard models. Learn more about:


Qualified Heating Equipment                                                                       Qualified Cooling Equipment
Mechanical Ventilation


5. Lighting and Appliances

ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products - lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as refrigerators, dish washers, and washing machines. These ENERGY STAR qualified products provide additional energy savings to the owner. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified products:


Qualified Appliances
Qualified Lighting
Advanced Lighting Package
High Efficiency Water Heaters