American West Homes Helps Homebuyers Reduce Energy Consumption and Costs

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American West Homes in Las Vegas, Nevada is helping their new homebuyers reduce energy consumption and energy costs. The homes built by American West have been certified as Energy Star and Energy Plus. These certifications result in a 30% reduction in energy costs.

American West Homes, one of the nation's largest privately owned homebuilders, is joining forces with Nevada Energy to increase energy efficiency in its communities through the Energy Plus New Homes Program. The program, developed by Nevada Energy, certifies homes with energy-efficiency standards that exceed both state building codes and the well-known Energy Star program.

"American West is committed to building quality new homes that our buyers are proud to own. The homes we build will be certified Energy Plus. We are one of the first builders in Southern Nevada to receive this certification," said American West President Larry Canarelli. "It's responsible building and American West is proud to participate."

So how does the Energy Plus New Homes Program beat Energy Star guidelines? New homes are rated on the EnergySmart scale developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. The scale is based on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index that evaluates a home's energy consumption. While Energy Star homes must meet a score of 85 on the scale, Energy Plus homes are certified at 70. In this case, the lower the score, the higher the efficiency.

"We created this program to encourage residential, new construction builders to go beyond Energy Star requirements," said Quinn Parker, Project Leader, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Nevada Energy. "Energy Plus Homes are approximately 30% more energy efficient than code-built homes. More efficient homes save our customers money, reduce their carbon footprint, and tend to result in increased comfort within the home."

"The Energy Plus certification is based on performance," said Alex Kasempiyarom, Energy Plus marketing manager. "That means builders can use a number of products or upgrades to meet Energy Plus standards."

All of American West's energy-efficient features are included in their homes. These features include: Carrier® 14-SEER natural gas heat and electric central air-conditioning with Puron®, the environmentally sound refrigerant; R13 insulation in exterior walls and R30 in ceilings; energy-efficient radiant-heat barrier roof sheathing; PROInstaller E2S Complete Weatherproofing System; fully-insulated, fiberglass, front-entry door; vinyl-framed, dual-paned, Low-E windows and sliding glass doors; 50-gallon, quick-recovery, natural-gas water heater; and water-conserving Moen faucets and showerheads.

"It's an impressive list of energy-conserving products. These products are in addition to the building practices and products we already utilize to meet Energy Star standards and they come at no extra cost to the homebuyer," said Canarelli.

"The Energy Plus program focuses on reducing electricity usage. While the Energy Star program takes into consideration the savings achieved by reducing the consumption of both gas and electricity, the Energy Plus program's additional savings comes from electricity only," said Kasempiyarom.

"With all things being equal, a homeowner in a Energy Plus home, compared to a homeowner in a code-built home, should expect to see a 30% reduction in energy costs," said Parker.

American West is currently selling in nine communities throughout the Las Vegas valley. Homes range from 1,216 to 4,770 square feet and start at $188,500. American West has been providing new homes for the families of Southern Nevada since 1984. From innovative design and superior construction, to homeowner satisfaction, American West's homes offer exceptional quality and the best value per square foot of any home builder in Southern Nevada. American West has also accumulated over 100 local and national building awards including the national ACE Award, which recognizes American West as the Number One Home Builder in America in terms of construction excellence.

For more information about American West, call (702) 308-1111 or visit AmericanWestHomes.com. Sales offices are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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