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Set yourself free from high energy costs by choosing a New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Home. With plenty of fresh air, natural light, more efficient energy systems and lots of positive energy, it’s a decision you’ll feel good about. And because they’re built for comfort, you’ll feel good in it, too.

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Welcome to a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home… Constructed using advanced building techniques and materials… it not only requires less energy than conventional homes, it provides a healthier, more comfortable living environment year after year. Come in and see why…

High-Performance Insulation and Air Sealing
New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes feature high-performance insulation within properly air-sealed assemblies to ensure optimum R-values—or thermal resistance—for walls, attics, basements and crawlspaces. The insulation is installed to Grade l standards and verified by a third-party inspector to ensure optimal performance. Advanced air-sealing techniques, combined with thorough performance testing, are used to minimize the intrusion of moisture, outside noise, dust and insects. The result: you enjoy a healthier living environment while reducing energy costs.

Advanced HVAC Systems and Duct Sealing
We don't always appreciate the role a well-designed HVAC system plays in providing maximum comfort and achieving real energy savings, not to mention your family's health and safety.

It's not obvious, because most air ducts are concealed in walls and floors, but in some homes as much as 20% of the distributed hot and cool air may be lost due to poorly connected ducts. And the amount of circulated fresh air may not be adequate. In a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home, you can breathe easy knowing your HVAC systems and ductwork operate efficiently and cost-effectively through proper design and third-party inspection of all combustion equipment.

Comprehensive Water Management System
New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes like this one are designed to prevent water and moisture intrusion—helping to reduce the damaging effects they can have on your home… and your health. From moisture-resistant barriers that keep basements dry, to underground drains, window flashings, drainage planes—even site grading—these homes often exceed NYSERDA and EPA requirements for water protection. And that protection begins even before you move in. ENERGY STAR builders take steps to properly select and store building materials during construction, which helps protect against rot, mold and other weather-related damage.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting Fixtures
Look closely and you're likely to find ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures both inside and outside every New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home. These advanced fixtures typically include a mix of CFL and LED bulbs, which deliver a high level of energy efficiency. In fact, they require 75% less energy to operate than traditional models, and can have a significantly longer lifespan. The fixtures themselves are also efficient, and help distribute the desired lighting levels. They're available in multiple styles, and can be found in most home centers and lighting showrooms.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows and Doors
ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors not only enhance your comfort, they're designed and installed to protect your home from the effects of moisture and sunlight. Low-emissivity (low-e) glass helps to reduce radiant heat loss. Other specialty coatings are applied in some climates to diminish solar heat gain and can also help reduce fading and discoloring of household furnishings. In addition, the exterior doors of these homes feature high-quality polyurethane foam cores and durable and effective weather-stripping to help keep the homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Appliances
Every appliance comes with two price tags: what it costs to take home and what it costs to operate. The ENERGY STAR qualified appliances in this home use less water and electricity than standard appliances, helping to reduce your utility bill and your carbon footprint. But that's just part of the story. All ENERGY STAR qualified appliances feature high-quality components, state-of-the-art design and advanced technologies. So they not only perform better, but can experience fewer mechanical problems and last longer than standard appliances.

Certified by an Independent Home Energy Rater
This New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home has been verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to meet strict requirements set by NYSERDA and the EPA. As part of the process, a Home Energy Rater conducts a series of field inspections and performance tests during construction to ensure the integrity of the home's thermal enclosure and other systems. Once the home is found to meet those stringent energy-efficiency requirements, it is eligible to receive the coveted designation as a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home, which can enhance the home's value. You'll even receive an official New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes certificate of participation from NYSERDA that you can pass along when you sell the home.

When you're ready to buy or build a new home, make it a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home … and achieve the perfect balance of energy savings and comfort.