Lakes house receives special designation for
By Alan Mauldin
THOMASVILLE — While most people are familiar
with the ENERGY STAR stickers hanging from
appliances like refrigerators to certify energy
efficiency, they may not know that houses can
also receive the designation. The first house
in the county to receive an ENERGY STAR blue
seal was constructed in the Sweetbriar Lakes
Phase II subdivision. The 2,100 square foot home
has Lycene insulation, a propane tankless water
heater that produces hot water on demand as well
as energy-efficient air conditioning, windows,
appliances and light bulbs.
Capital Home Builders, which constructed the
by EnergyStar.gov as one of the 128 builders and
developers in the state who have built one or
more ENERGY STAR homes or are planning to do so.
The vast majority are in the Atlanta area.
said his company is embracing the future and
being good stewards of the environment by
building green homes.
“We’re committed to that. We have kids, and
we’re trying to help the environment as much as
we can,” he said. “We don’t want to leave them
with environmental problems. This is the path
that we’re taking in all our houses. It’s just
better quality homes.”
Builders has been in business for about 25 years
building conventional homes, he said.
The home is
listed for $319,000 and a discount on closing
costs would make the total price $309,000,
homes are typically 20 to 30 percent more energy
efficient than standard homes, with annual
savings in energy bills of about $800 to $1200,
according to energystar.gov. More than 750,000
ENERGY STAR homes have been constructed, and
more 2 million are expected by the end of the
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Department of Energy.
To earn the ENERGY
STAR Rating, a home has t be
independently verified by a home energyRater,
who tests the home after its completion.
of First Thomasville Realty said there may be a
market for energy-efficient homes in the area.
“I think so, as
long as they’re competitive with other similar
homes,” he said. “I think that would appeal to
certain people. I think it’s a good idea. I
think those are good features to have.”
Alan Mauldin can be reached by calling (229)
226-2400, ext. 226.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
CHB Eco Custom
Response to First Thomasville Realty - Mr. Mills
Recent comments made by local Realtor that
in the area" it's not a matter of their beinga
market for these types of homes it's theU.S.
Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental
Protections Agency that is driving the country
to improve energy efficiency in our homes,
businesses, schools, governments, and industries
which consume more than 70-percent of the
natural gas and electricity used in the country.
It’s one of the most constructive,
challenges of high energy prices, energy
security and independence, air pollution, and
global climate change. The goal here is toachievea
common goal-protecting the environment for
future generations by changing to more
today. Some of us are not aware on the efforts
being made by more than 9,000 organizations,
including more than 3,500 of the nation’s home
builders creating a sustainable, aggressive
national commitment to energy efficiency through
gas and electric utilities, utility regulators,
and partner organizations together with home
buyers reducing greenhouse gas emissions
generated from the energy used nationwide.
Other comments “as long as they’re competitive with
other similar homes” ENERGY STAR homes are not
comparable to minimum standard spec homes. Quite
simply, homes that earn the ENERGY STAR aremuchmore
efficient than standard homes typically 30% more
efficient. Real Estate professionals must learn the
basics of energy-efficient features and use them
with prospective buyers increasing awareness. This
further increases the value of the real estate
professional because if they are knowledgeable, they
can point outenergy-savingfeatures
and benefits the buyer might enjoy. Real estate
professionals separate themselves from the rest by
being better able to communicate a home’s true
Benefits of an ENERGY STAR home include: Lower
ownership costs-compared with standard spec homes,
ENERGY STAR homes use substantially less energy for
heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering
hundreds of dollars of annual utility bill savings.
Better performance-an energy-efficient home (ones
that earn the blue seal) helps make sure consistent
temperatures between and across rooms, improved
indoor air quality, and greater durability. Higher
resale values-by the end of this decade, more than 2
earn the ENERGY STAR while utility and fuel costs
continue to increase. By choosing a home with the
ENERGY STAR label, borrowers confident that it will
have an increasingly valued feature when the time
comes to sell.
Unless borrowers pay cash for their home, each month
they will make a mortgage payment. Each month they
will also pay the utility bills based on their
homes’ monthly energy usage. Together, these
expenses are typically the largest monthly operating
costs of a home. The biggestenergy-efficientfeature
of ENERGY STAR qualified homes result in lower
operating costs than standard spec homes.
are more durable than standard spec homes andthere
lower maintenance costs.