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Des Moines ENERGY STAR® Leader

Des Moines ENERGY STAR® Leader

What do Des Moines home buyers really want when building a new house?

If you guessed ENERGY EFFICIENCY, you’re on the right track!  The National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed 3,682 nationwide home buyers and concluded that among a variety of things, energy efficiency was on the minds of most.  Below, we think you'll enjoy the results of what people said they really want, as well as, what people don’t want.

NAHB - The 2013 Most Wanted ListNAHB - The 2013 Most Unwanted List
Now that we’ve established that building energy efficient homes is what everyone wants, it might be a good time to reveal that of all Des Moines area home builders committed to building 100% of their homes to ENERGY STAR® certified guidelines, Drake Homes has proudly been leading the way since 2007!  Along with being 100% committed to building ENERGY STAR® certified homes, we have expanded our energy efficiency efforts by also complying with the dramatically increased ENERGY STAR 3.0 Guidelines.

ENERGY STARThe ENERGY STAR® label is an iconic symbol in the world of residential construction.  It means your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today.  It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability.  It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow.  The ENERGY STAR® label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  With ENERGY STAR® , you know you’re making the right decision—for your wallet, for your family, and for the environment—bringing these important benefits:

Lower Utility Bills

By using less energy, ENERGY STAR® certified homes deliver approximately 20% savings on annual utility bills.  Over the 7 to 8 years that a typical family lives in a home, you can save thousands of dollars.

Enhanced Performance

In ENERGY STAR® certified homes, comfort is ensured with consistent temperatures between and across rooms; indoor air quality is enhanced by reducing dust, pollen, bugs, and excessive humidity; and durability is improved with comprehensive water protection, windows that block damaging sunlight, and better grade equipment.

Environmental Protection

The energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants.  By using less energy to operate, ENERGY STAR® certified homes help to prevent air pollution—an added benefit for today’s environmentally conscious consumer looking for “green” choices.  ENERGY STAR® certified homes are the equivalent of:

  • Eliminating emissions from 787 vehicles
  • Saving 4,760,184 lbs. of coal
  • Planting 1,301 acres of trees
  • Saving the environment 9,335,678 lbs. of CO2

You may also find it interesting that although numerous factors go into making amazingly energy efficient homes in Des Moines, the most important components of a home’s efficiency are quite simple.  They include quality heating/cooling, windows, duct work, insulation, and how everything is engineered to work in complete harmony.

In short, the Drake Homes team builds certified new homes all around Des Moines, that are intelligently engineered to perform.  This results in unmatched energy efficiency that will save you money and add meaningful value to your home.

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