EarthCents® New Home

The EarthCents® New Home program promotes energy-efficient construction in the new home market. These independently tested homes are constructed to exceed the current energy code requirements. An EarthCents New Home performs better for the homeowner and the environment thanks to a variety of energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, more efficient heating and cooling equipment, and third-party independent testing.

 

Georgia’s new home buyers should consider the benefits of an EarthCents® New Home. These homes offer built-in quality and comfort, and are built more efficient than homes built to standard building codes helping the homeowner save money and energy for years to come.    

EarthCents New Home

HERS Index

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. Learn about improvements that can increase your home's HERS rating in this video. 

 

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Benefits

Enjoy peace of mind knowing that your new home was constructed to meet strict energy efficiency guidelines.

Lower Ownership Cost
EarthCents New Homes use less energy — delivering $300 to $400 in annual savings on energy bills. Over the next 7 to 8 years, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills. Additional savings on maintenance can also be substantial.

Better Performance
Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution and noise. EarthCents New Homes help ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality and greater durability.

Smart Investment
By choosing an EarthCents New Home, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.

Features

An EarthCents New Home performs better for the homeowner and the environment, thanks to a variety of energy-efficient features.

Effective Insulation
Properly installed insulation in floors, walls and attics ensure even temperatures throughout the house, while using less energy. The result is lower utility costs and a quieter, more comfortable home.

High-Performance Windows
Windows with advanced coatings and construction help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. They also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.

Tight Construction and Tight Ducts
Advanced techniques for sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in the heating and cooling ducts help reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests and noise. A more tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality, while lowering utility and maintenance costs.

More Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
Energy-efficient, properly installed heating and cooling systems use less energy, which reduces utility bills. You can expect higher quality and greater durability backed by longer warranties now available on many models.

Independent Testing
Each EarthCents New Home has been independently certified to verify the energy performance of your home.

 

View PDF Brochures with this information for New Home Buyers and for Builder Participation.

The HERS Index

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Learn about improvements that can increase your home’s HERS rating.

Improve Your HERS Rating