Homes on the Energy Efficiency Tour are created by builders that participate in Xcel Energy’s Efficient New Home Construction program and build homes focused on the elements below in the design and construction of participating homes. Together, these elements create a home that is healthier, more durable and more comfortable. On top of that, you save energy and money.
1. Tight construction
Tight construction eliminates drafts, moisture, dust, pests, pollen and contributes to healthier indoor air and a more comfortable home.
2. Tight ducts
Tight ducts can help lower your energy use, improve the air quality in your home and maintain a comfortable temperature.
3. High-performance windows
By helping to block the amount of sunlight that enters your home, high-performance windows help you save money on energy costs, protect your carpet and furniture fabrics from fading and keep your home more comfortable.
4. Properly installed insulation
In addition to the money-saving benefits of reduced heat transfer, properly installed insulation muffles outside noise, blanketing your home in comfort and quiet.
5. Energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment
Properly sized systems require less maintenance and last longer. This is especially important for your air conditioning units because a properly sized system works much more efficiently and helps control humidity.
6. Energy-efficient water heating system
Efficient water heating systems save energy while providing equivalent or improved supply capacity, which may keep you from running out of hot water.
7. Energy-efficient lighting systems
High-efficiency lighting uses less energy and produces less waste heat. Lower waste heat reduces the demand on your air conditioner during the summer months and saves you money year round.
8. Independent inspection and testing
Each participating home is inspected and tested according to nationally recognized standards. Homes must be 10 percent more energy efficient than code requires to qualify for the High Efficiency New Homes Program.
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Not all the features listed here will be included in all homes that qualify for the Efficient New Home Construction program. Talk with your homebuilder for specific information about your home’s features.