Can a New Home Help Save Money & Be Good for the Environment? Ashton Woods Homes in Houston Shows How Itís Done; Gets Nod from EPA.
Houston, TX, April 28, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Woods Homes in Houston, a premiere builder of eco-friendly and energy-efficient new homes, today announced it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2012 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award.
Headquartered in Atlanta Georgia, Ashton Woods builds high-performance homes for sale in growth communities in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Killeen, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio and Tampa. Close to jobs, schools, shopping and transportation, Ashton Woods effectively balances healthy-house features with energy efficiency in their Power House Green homes – which can save families as much as 45% per year on utility bills.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently commended Ashton Woods Homes in Houston for its energy-efficient construction and environmental protection practices by building more than 275 ENERGY STAR qualified Houston area new homes last year.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equal to the equivalent of:
Eliminating the emissions from 134 vehicles
Saving 815,100 lbs of coal
Planting 222 acres of trees
From an energy-savings perspective, collectively, these energy-efficient new homes will save Ashton Woods’ homeowners approximately $122,925.00 on utility bills each year.
“Ashton Woods Homes has always built energy-efficient homes; it’s good to be able to receive recognition that can help make our homebuyers more aware of the savings they can realize,” stated Dan Gezella, VP of Sales and Marketing at Ashton Woods Homes Houston.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.
“ENERGY STAR builder partners offer new homes that are designed and built to standards well above most others on the market today” said Jonathan Passe, Director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Because ENERGY STAR certified homes undergo rigorous independent inspections and testing, homebuyers who choose ENERGY STAR can be confident that their new home will offer real energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and value for years to come.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 20% more efficient than standard new homes built today.
Interested homebuyers can visit the Ashton Woods Homes website and view ENERGY STAR qualified energy-efficient homes for sale.
About Ashton Woods Homes
Ashton Woods Homes is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, with operations in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Killeen, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, Raleigh and Tampa. For more information, visit: http://www.ashtonwoodshomes.com.
About ENERGY STAR
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. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov.