ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIVING AT ASHFORD LAKES ESTATES

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More money in your pocket to spend however you wish, month after month. That’s what having a truly energy-efficient home should mean. Let us help you thru the process in this new eco-friendly neighborhood, Ashford Lakes Estates at Hunter’s Ridge. We’ll show you how to see behind the walls, and into the ceiling, and experience our energy-efficient features in order to understand exactly how a Green Builder can reduce your utility bills by up to 80%. Imagine not having to pay a utility bill again and having extra cash in your pocket.

Ashford Lakes Estates preferred team of builders believe in being more than just the next green builder; they believe in going above and beyond the norm to build the most energy-efficient homes in Volusia or Flagler County— saving you up to 80%, or $3,000 annually, on utility costs.

 

ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED APPLIANCES

Appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of a U.S. home’s energy bills. Devices carrying the ENERGY STAR® logo generally use 20–30% less energy than required by federal standards by employing superior designs that require less energy to perform the same or better job.

Water-Efficient Fixtures

Every faucet and showerhead in your new home should exceed industry standards for water savings, reducing water bills and the cost of heating water by as much as 50%.

Low-E2 or E3 Vinyl Windows

Low-E coatings on windows reduce energy loss by as much as 30-50% compared to regular windows. Low-E coatings, which are microscopically thin materials bonded to the surface of a window’s glass, are so thin you can see right through them yet they prevent heat and ultra-violet (UV) rays from passing through the glass.

Spray-Foam Insulation

Spray-foam insulation fully insulates the walls and attic to help maintain temperatures and reduce fluctuations throughout your home while saving up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

LOW-VOC PAINTS AND FINISHES

The EPA has identified indoor air pollution as one of the four greatest risks to human health. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found around the home in everyday products such as cleaning solvents, adhesives, paints, and carpets and all may emit VOCs. Many VOCs have negative health consequences, and in recent years many common indoor materials and products have been developed and labeled by their manufacturers as “low VOC” or “zero VOC content” to improve indoor air quality. Today, many low VOC materials are equal to, or better, in quality and durability than conventional VOC-based formulas.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills. A programmable thermostat reduces residential energy use by adjusting the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day. This allows the temperature difference to be reduced without sacrificing comfort. It’s not unusual to achieve 30% heating and cooling energy usage reductions with the pre-programmed settings that come with ENERGY STAR-qualified programmable thermostats.

THIRD-PARTY INSPECTIONS

A home energy rating will consider the construction and materials of the home, insulation levels, window/door types and efficiency, the window/door-to-wall area ratios, appliances and lighting (including the water heater), mechanical system (heating and cooling), the orientation of the house, the size of the conditioned area in square feet, and the leakage or air infiltration of the home envelope and duct work. The Home Energy Rating is completed from on-site visits using test equipment like the blower door and duct tester and from blueprints on new homes.

MINIMUM SEER 14 HVAC

Heating and cooling homes accounts for nearly 60% of residential electricity usage in the United States, therefore, the higher the SEER of your AC unit, the greater its efficiency – and the lower your operating costs. Ultimately, cooling costs can be lowered 20-40% with newer, more efficient models compared to older 10+ years models.

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