Energy Star Certified
Go for the Guarantee! Wouldn’t it be great to have the peace of mind in knowing what your annual heating/cooling costs would be? All Heritage Homes come standard with Energy Star Certification through an independent Home Energy Rating firm and a 3 year heating and cooling guarantee. Some home builders may build an Energy Star home but how many will put it in writing and guarantee it?
Our building system not only guarantees your construction costs, but also gives you the true peace of mind in knowing that you will have low energy costs for the lifetime of your home.
Heat and cool our Nebraska, 1698 SF model home with 9’ high ceilings throughout and a full basement for as little as $442.00 per year- GUARANTEED,
when it is built with an energy efficient heating system and insulated basement.
The heating and cooling costs were calculated using Wayne, Nebraska utility rates and using our Energy Star construction standards. If you build at a different location, or build a different design, we will calculate your total energy costs using your location’s unit energy costs.
The calculations are done by Kelby Herman, with Progressive Property Inspections, an independent SBRA (System Building Research Alliance) Energy Star HERS Rater and BPI Building Analyst. He works closely with Heritage Homes to assure that each Energy Star Home is built to the required national standards. Kelby said, “There is no magic to building a home good enough to receive an Energy Star Rating, but everything has to be done just right. And when a home is built inside in modular sections, it is a lot easier to get everything right.” He continued, “As of yet, I haven’t seen a stick builder with the kind of quality control and fortitude to try to build to the Energy Star Standards.”
Heritage is so confident of our system that we will guarantee the cost for the first three years a homeowner owns the home. Building a home extra tight with energy efficient techniques doesn’t really cost a lot more. Rather, it’s about managing all the details and engineering energy efficiency into the home. Foundation walls must be insulated to an R-18, and to achieve these calculated costs, you would want to use a 15.5 SEER electrical heat pump with a gas backup. Insulated ductwork is not required.
The electric rate used for these calculations was 8 ½¢ per KWH and the gas rate was 90¢ per therm. In order to calulate the energy cost for your home we would need the proposed address, the size and design of the home, the direction the home faces, and the type of heating and cooling system proposed if different than 15.5 SEER heat pump with gas backup.
Lights, appliances, and big screen TV’s are the biggest users of energy in a typical home ($678) and are expected to cost more than the heating and cooling. Taxes and service charges could be as much as $297 of the total bill, with water heating costs calculated to be $95.00 per year.