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ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES in NEWPORT COUNTY: They’re not all alike!

Posted by J Michael Hill on Monday, May 4th, 2015 at 1:26pm.

If you’re buying a new home in Newport County, it’s important to know how much energy it will consume. After a winter like this it’s nice to see the housing industry offering a Home Energy Rating (HER) for new construction homes. The HER certificate estimates the annual energy cost for new construction homes, and buyers are wise to ask their builder how homes stack up.

HER ratings range from 0 to 500. Zero is the best rating meaning “off the grid” or not using any energy at all.  500 means, well, let’s just say it could be very expensive to heat and cool a property with such a high rating.

WHAT’S NORMAL? 

Most older homes on Aquidneck Island fall into the higher end of the HER range.  New homes with more modern materials and mechanicals are better, but truly green built by certified Green Professionals can get you much closer to zero, and that will save money, keep you comfortable and – bonus – drastically reduce the need for exterior repair and maintenance.

ARE ANY LOW-HERS HOMES AVAILABLE IN NEWPORT COUNTY?

Yes! Four new construction energy efficient homes are being built on Copper Beech Drive in Portsmouth. These four bedroom homes have many Green Building features that are far healthier for your family, your budget, your neighborhood and the planet.

As a passionate, certified green builder, I’ve got lots of details to share.  Give me a call and we’ll take a tour. 

Michael Hill
F. M. Properties, Inc.

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