PRLog - May 1, 2012 - KILLEEN, Texas -- KILLEEN, TX – ASHFORD HOMES is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2012 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution ASHFORD HOMES has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building 91 ENERGY STAR certified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $40,677 on utility bills each year.
Ashford Homes at Goodnight Ranch in Killeen
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR certified homes are equal to the equivalent of:
• Eliminating the emissions from 44.59 vehicles;
• Saving 269,724 lbs of coal;
• Planting 73.71 acres of trees; or
• Saving the environment 528,983 pounds of CO2 per year.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 20% more efficient than standard new homes built today.
“We are honored to be recognized by ENERGY STAR and make every effort to build comfortable and energy-efficient homes for our clients” said David Fuller, Partner and Builder, Ashford Homes. “Building our homes to ENERGY STAR standards creates an overall savings for our clients and the environment, it is necessary to help both now more than ever.”
ENERGY STAR certified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.
“ENERGY STAR builder partners offer new homes that are designed and built to standards well above most others on the market today” said Jonathan Passe, Director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Because ENERGY STAR certified homes undergo rigorous independent inspections and testing, homebuyers who choose ENERGY STAR can be confident that their new home will offer real energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and value for years to come.”
Last year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR and partners, Americans saved nearly $400 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 510,000 vehicles. More than 1.3 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built in the United States since the program first began labeling homes in 1995.