Energy efficiency has been an important standard feature in all of our homes for a long time now and is just another example of our commitment to our homeowners to provide the best value in custom home building
Canton, OH (PRWEB) April 22, 2010
Schumacher Homes, a leading on your lot custom home builder, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2010 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution Schumacher Homes has made to energy-efficient home building construction and environmental protection by building more than 140 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save Schumacher Homes' customers approximately $63,921 on utility bills each year.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equal to the equivalent of:
- Eliminating the emissions from 70 vehicles;
- Saving 423,852 lbs of coal;
- Planting 116 acres of trees; or
- Saving the environment 831,259 pounds of CO2 per year.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.
"We are excited to have received this award from ENERGY STAR and be recognized for our commitment to energy efficiency and the environment," stated Paul Schumacher, President of Schumacher Homes. "Energy efficiency has been an important standard feature in all of our homes for a long time now and is just another example of our commitment to our homeowners to provide the best value in custom home building," Mr. Schumacher said.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.
"Most homebuyers focus on what's outside the walls," said Sam Rashkin, National Director for EPA's ENERGY STAR Homes Program, "but they also need to look behind the walls for the energy-efficient features found in ENERGY STAR qualified homes that help ensure comfort, quiet, improved indoor air quality, and low utility bills for years to come," Mr. Rashkin said.
More than one million ENERGY STAR homes have been built in the United States since the program first began labeling homes in 1995. Thanks to the dedication of its partners, families living in ENERGY STAR qualified homes will save more than $270 million this year on their utility bills, while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 370,000 vehicles.
About Schumacher Homes
Founded in 1992, Schumacher Homes is one of the country's leading on your lot custom home builders and has built over 6000 custom homes. They have Design Centers serving Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Additional information and interactive floor plans can be found at http://www.schumacherhomes.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 17,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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