Standard Energy Saving Features

Posted By on October 8, 2012

It’s no big secret that energy costs are increasing at an alarming rate. What you might not be aware of though, is just how dramatic that increase is. For example, a recent study showed that American families earning a gross income of $50,000 experienced the following energy cost increases from 2001-2012:

  • 2001: Avg. percentage of after-tax income spent on energy costs: 12%
  • 2005: Avg. percentage of after-tax income spent on energy costs: 16%
  • 2012: Avg. percentage of after-tax income spent on energy costs (projected): 21%

Maybe it’s our German engineering roots, but we can’t seem to stop improving upon our building process. At Potterhill, we’ve built hundreds of homes with dozens of variations on energy efficient improvements. We are constantly trying to improve the energy efficiency of our homes because it’s the way we would want our own homes built. We pay particular attention to the Return on Investment for every energy upgrade we include in our standard features to make sure that our home buyers are getting the best bang for their buck.

Our homes are built to keep energy costs down, reduce waste during construction and improve indoor air quality. We focus on solid construction, sound use of space and ecological responsibility. In fact, the average new Potterhill home will save the homeowner on average $1900 each year ( = $158 per month!) on energy bills when compared to an existing home. That same Potterhill home will save its owner on average$1,100 per year when compared to another new home built by another builder! (RESNET Certified Home Energy Rating system).

 

2 X 6 framing2 x 6 Advanced Framing wall construction

Recommended construction method by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA’s EnergyStar Certification program. Allows for a reduction in thermal bridging and an increase in the available room for insulation, resulting in lower energy costs for occupants. The exterior building envelope is the single most important area on which to focus if you want a home with superior energy efficiency like every Potterhill home. 2 x 6 walls allow for more insulation, giving Potterhill homes an R-21 insulation value.

95.5% + high efficiency furnaces help lower utility bills. Most builders use a 90% furnace as standard.

Blown Cellulous InsulationBlown cellulose insulation

Made from recycled newspapers, it saves big money on heating and cooling and improves indoor air quality by inhibiting mold growth. Also acts as a draft stopper, and a sound barrier, reducing outside noise in the home and noise between rooms. Potterhill homes have an R-21 wall insulation value, compared to most other builders R-13 or R-15 insulation values. This equates to $$$ savings each and every month on energy bills.

 

Low-e EnergyStar™

Rated windows minimize the UV that enters the home. They keep heat out during the summer low-e EnergyStar Windowsand keep heat in during the winter and also act as a sunscreen for your furniture and upholstery. They meet the stringent EnergyStar requirements for a better built window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Potterhill Homes are ENERGYSTAR® rated


What is an Energy Rating?

  • Measurement of how energy efficient your home is.
  • The HERS Index score estimates the energy efficiency of a home that is being constructed or renovated
  • Benefits of an Energy Rating
  • Helps you calculate the true cost of homeownership (it’s not just all about mortgage payments!)
  • Could put you on the path to increasing your home’s resale value.
  • Improve the overall comfort of your home.
  • Ensures a quality built home

Click here for information about our GUARANTEED LOWEST ENERGY BILLS!

 

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As the people behind Potterhill Homes, we have some pretty strong feelings about energy efficiency and green building. And we don't always agree! But we are commited to building a best homes we can and bringing you along on our journey to figure out exactly what that means! Thanks for checking out our site. My Google Profile+

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Cincinnati-based Potterhill Homes is a premier builder of affordable, environmentally friendly homes in Greater Cincinnati. Our homes are built with traditional Cincinnati architectural styles and are perfect for both urban infill and suburban development. To learn more about Potterhill Homes,visit www.potterhillhomes.com.


About the authors

As the people behind Potterhill Homes, we have some pretty strong feelings about energy efficiency and green building. And we don't always agree! But we are commited to building a best homes we can and bringing you along on our journey to figure out exactly what that means! Thanks for checking out our site. My Google Profile+