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energy saving components of your new or remodeled home

When designing a new home or remodeling an existing one, providing maximum energy efficiency requires careful planning, research, and attention to detail.  Taking the “whole-house systems” approach ensures that you have properly considered all areas affecting energy efficiency, and addresses the interaction between you, your building site, climate, as well as other components of your home.  The components of this approach, the ‘Big 6,’ include:

  1. Appliances and home electronics
  2. Insulation
  3. Lighting
  4. Heating and cooling
  5. Water heating
  6. Windows, doors, and skylights

Appliances and Home Electronics

Appliances typically account for 20% of a home’s energy consumption.  Appliances include washers and dryers, computers, dishwashers, home audio equipment, refrigerator and freezer, air conditioners, televisions, DVD players/TV receivers, and water heaters.  To ensure that your appliances provide maximum efficiency, verify that they are ENERGY STAR-qualified.  The U.S. Department of Energy publishes guidelines for selecting ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances. Click on the image below for a link to these and other products.

Insulation

Proper insulation offers one of the biggest energy saving benefits.  Additionally, proper insulation provides added comfort and noise reduction, improving the overall livability of your home.  Proper insulation involves a good understanding as to where to insulate, and which types and quantities of insulation to use for your particular climate and type of heating/cooling system you plan to install.  Check with the U.S. Department of Energy website for insulation guidelines.

Lighting

Artificial lighting accounts for approximately 10% of a home’s energy consumption.  Using new artificial lighting technologies (i.e., replacing inefficient incandescent light bulbs) can reduce lighting costs by 50%-70%.  Maximizing the use of natural daylight in your home via windows and skylights will further reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling typically account for approximately 56% of the energy consumption in your home, making it the largest energy expense.  Whether you are upgrading/replacing an existing system or selecting a new system, make sure that you address supporting equipment such as thermostats and air ducts, which provide additional energy savings opportunities.  Work with your builder or remodeler to consider the wide variety of technologies available for heating and cooling your home.

Water Heating

Water heating can account for 14%-25% of your home’s energy use.  There are many energy savings water heating strategies from which to choose for your home or pool.  These strategies include how hot water is used, insulation techniques, and of course, employing energy saving equipment.  The U.S. Department of Energy website contains information regarding selecting water heating equipment and employing water heating energy savings strategies.

Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Windows, doors, and skylights can gain and lose heat in several ways:  1) direct conduction through the glass or glazing, frame, and/or door, 2) radiation of heat into a house (typically from the sun), and out of a house from room-temperature objects, such as people, furniture, and interior walls, and 3) air leakage through and around windows, doors, and skylights.  When selecting new or replacing existing doors and windows, use their energy performance ratings to tell you their potential for gaining and losing heat, as well as transmitting sunlight into your home. Atrium Windows and Doors is an example of an Energy rated company. Click on the picture below for more information.

In conclusion, builders and designers who use this ‘whole-house systems’ approach recognize that the features of one component in the house can greatly affect other components.  This ultimately affects the overall energy efficiency of the house.  The U.S. Department of Energy website contains vital information on proper implementation of these 6 energy savings techniques.

1. “The whole-house systems approach”,  U.S. Department of Energy

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New Home Construction at Herff Ranch in Boerne

If you are looking for inventory homes that are ready to move in, KB at Herff  Ranch has 5 homes ready to go.

Discounts

104 SIDEWINDER A-2183-3 — 3/2.5 2-STORY           $272,747             $19,000                $260,747 DECEMBER                 Upgrades $40,885

112 ROCKY PATH A-1996-C — 3/2 1-STORY               $320,368             $10,000                 $310,368 JANUARY                   upgrades $53,373

157 DESERT FLOWER F-2239-E — 3/2.5 2-STORY    $249,102            $11,000                  $238,102 JANUARY                    Upgrades $26,307

121 Sandy Shoal        F-2239-E —3/2.5  2-Story       $256,795            $8,000                   $248,795 January                         Upgrades$30,300

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New Home Construction Inventory

If you have been looking at purchasing a home here in San Antonio, you have found that the homes are in short supply.  Inventory is at a level of 3.5 months of inventory.  A balanced market is at 6.5 months of inventory.  You may want to consider looking at a new home.  Builders are offering huge discounts and other incentives for inventory homes that have already been built.  You may want to take advantage of these incentives before the busy summer season hits.  Discounts along with the inventory will most likely be limited at best.  Contact us and we would love to show you some great deals for ready to move in homes in the San Antonio area.

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September Market Report, San Antonio Board of REALTORS

August’s days on market plummeted to just 60 days, a 14 percent decrease from August of last year according to the August2014 Multiple Listing Service report by the San Antonio Board of REALTORS (SABOR). Months of inventory also stayed low with just 4.5 months.

“As we transition to the fall, many homes continue to move quickly due to the market’s strength and stable inventory,” said Missy Stagers, SABOR’s 2014 Chairman of the Board. “In fact, our months of inventory is well below the national supply of 5.5 months.”

San Antonio’s average price reached $222,993, a six percent increase from last year, and the median rose to $183,300, a five percent increase from August 2013. The month ended with 1,964 pending sales.

Of the 2,468 homes sold in August, 4.5 percent were priced over $500,000, with 0.5 percent of the total homes sold priced over $1 million. Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 38.7 percent of sales and homes under $200,000 made up the majority of sales with 56.9 percent.

According to the 2014 Texas International Homebuyers Report released by the Texas Association of REALTORS® earlier this month, Texas ranked as the third largest state in the U.S. for international home sales with $11.06 billion in sales from international buyers between March 2013 and March 2014. In fact, San Antonio was one of the five top searched for cities by Mexican homebuyers on Realtor.com.

“Our economy continues to remain healthy, causing international buyers to see Texas, and San Antonio in particular, as a desirable location to relocate or buy a vacation home,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “With the medical and military facilities in San Antonio, job growth continues to soar and drive a steady housing market.

-SABOR

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