We are proud to announce that we have received the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award for 2015! This award is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our commitment to building quality energy efficient homes. Last year Grand Homes built 328 100% Energy Star Certified homes, which is equivalent to:
- Growing 14,104 tree seedlings for 10 years
- Avoiding the consumption of 1,291 barrels of oil
- Removing 117 passenger vehicles from the road!
Every Grand Home typically produces 15-20% savings over other new homes and as much as 40% energy savings over the average pre-owned home.
Here’s a helpful tip for extra Springtime savings:
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans. This will force cool air down and warm air up, bringing that nice cool breeze down into your rooms where it belongs.
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To find out more about what makes a Grand Home Energy Star certified, visit their website here.
Yes, summer is officially here. With long days of summer and the triple digit temperatures Dallas has been seeing comes higher electric bills. There are several things you can do to beat the heat without breaking the bank.
If your home is under insulated, your A/C will work harder and cool less. Increasing your attic insulation will help keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Consider adding bulk insulation or an attic door barrier, which seals the entrance off.
Make sure your air filters are clean, and replace as necessary. Around your unit, Make sure landscaping isn’t blocking your unit, restricting air flow and capacity. At least 6 inches away is a good rule.
Check your weathering stripping and caulking in and around your home. If you can feel hot air entering around a door or window, it needs additional stripping. Just like insulation, weather stripping can make a huge difference on how your A/C unit performs.
Try to use major appliances during off peak hours, in the early morning or late night. Your A/C won’t be battling against the sun’s heat and will use less energy. Check with your electric company to see if they provide a reduced rate during these hours.
Small appliances like TVs, computers and lighting generate more heat than you probably realize. Turning them off when you leave the room will help you stay cool and save you money on your bill.