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Nevada tops Energy Star list

Nevada tops Energy Star list 

Energy Star is EPA's, or Environmental Protection Agency, energy efficiency program for the home building industry. To qualify for it homes have to pass an independent verification process to meet EPA's rather stringent guidelines. Houses that make the grade nowadays are a minimum 15% more energy efficient than those that were constructed to the 2004 International Residential Code. And they often consist of extra features that frequently make them 20 to 30% more efficient than regular homes. As you can see, it's a worthy program.

For 2006, there were 15 states where new single-family houses that received the Energy Star exceeded 12% of the total construction volume. And it's with great pleasure that I announce Nevada being at the very top of that list. In Nevada the program's market penetration is a whopping 71%, the second place going to Alaska with 64%. Congrats, Silver State.

Do you know that housing energy consumption is responsible for about 17% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and it's roughly 21% of our energy use. These are pretty high numbers. EPA kicked off the program in 1992 and has worked ever since with the homebuilding industry, states and utilities to improve energy efficiency. It can proudly say today that there are over 3,500 builders nationwide committed to Energy Star.

Let's conclude this with a staggering statistic. In the year 2006 alone, we, with an assist from Energy Star, were able to save $14 billion and contained greenhouse gas emissions that 25 million vehicles would have produced.

 

 

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Esko Kiuru
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Comment balloon 8 commentsEsko Kiuru • July 27 2007 09:11PM

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When I talk about Nevada green stats people are simply amazed!  Because of the strip, our reputation is one of waste and excess!
Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) about 11 years ago

Renee,

True. First we are considered one big party town, Southern Nevada at least, and then come the rest. Like this Energy Star achievement.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 11 years ago
I wonder why we don't see more solar energy packages being offered by builders. With the amount of sun we get, its a no brainer. -Charles
Posted by Jacqulyn Richey, Las Vegas Real Estate (Prominent Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Charles,

I believe the demand isn't there yet, but we're heading in the right direction.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 11 years ago

Wow!! Nevada beat both my states, California and Washington! That's amazing, considering how "Green" oriented both states are...

I think it's terrific.  

Posted by S W about 11 years ago

Sara,

Nevada by its geography as a desert state has to do it and I'm glad that legislators work with that in mind.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 11 years ago

Do you know that housing energy consumption is responsible for about 17% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and it's roughly 21% of our energy use. These are pretty high numbers.ok buy.

Posted by gordon about 10 years ago

Gordon,

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 10 years ago

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