Celebrating Energy Smart Homes

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program is one of the many ways we’re balancing increasing demands for electricity with a commitment to providing affordable rates while enhancing the quality of life for our friends and neighbors. 

We’re dedicated to making homes in Conway energy efficient, and that’s why we created the Energy Smart New Home Program to recognize builders who implement efficiency construction and equipment measures. Recognized builders adhere to stringent construction guidelines, and Energy Smart Homes are proven by the U.S. Department of Energy to be 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than a standard built home. 

Energy Smart Homes combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, windows, appliances and lighting to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible. Energy Smart Homes save energy and money, while being more comfortable and durable. 

Homebuyers should consider the benefits of a Conway Corp Energy Smart Home when looking for a new home. Energy Smart Homes perform better for the homeowner and the environment thanks to a variety of features including insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts and efficient heating and cooling equipment. All homes that receive the Energy Smart designation are independently audited by a Conway Corp energy professional to ensure proper construction and guidelines have been followed. 

Rush-Hal Building Management was named Conway Corp’s 2019 Energy Smart Builder of the Year: Rush-Hal employees Jennifer Freyaldenhoven (from left), Angela Mondragon and Diane White, Conway Corp Major Accounts and Energy Efficient Manager David Avra and Rush-Hal Owner Hal Crafton.

Energy Smart features

Effective insulation – Properly installed insulation in floors, walls and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house while reducing energy use. 

High-performance/low-e windows – Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies such as protective coatings and improved frames to help keep heat in during the winter and keep it out during the summer while blocking ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpet and furnishings. 

Tight construction and ducts – A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality, while lowering utility and maintenance costs. At the same time, sealing holes and cracks in a home’s envelope and in the heating and cooling duct systems reduces drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise. 

High-efficiency heating and cooling equipment – Energy-efficient, properly installed heating and cooling systems use less energy and save money. In addition, they’re quieter, reduce indoor humidity and improve the overall comfort of a home. 

Energy Smart benefits

Energy savings – Not all homes are energy efficient. Many builders claim their homes are energy efficient, but Energy Smart Builders have the certification to back it up. 

Lower ownership cost – Compared to standard-built homes, Energy Smart Homes use substantially less energy, and energy-efficient homes deliver $300 to $400 in annual savings on energy bills. Over the average seven to eight years a homeowner stays in a home, that adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills. 

Comfort – Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution and noise. Energy Smart Homes ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality and greater durability. 

Peace of mind – Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. An Energy Smart Home easily identifies that it is truly energy efficient. 

Independent testing – Every Energy Smart Home is certified by a Conway Corp energy professional to verify its energy performance and ensure it meets energy-efficiency standards. 

Conway Corp is proud to work with local builders to ensure homebuyers have high-quality, energy-efficient options for homeowners in Conway. Our professionals work with more than 30 companies in the city, including Rush-Hal Building Management that was recently named Conway Corp’s 2019 Energy Smart Builder of the Year. 

Rush-Hal Building Management built 22 Energy Smart Homes in 2019 and an additional 11 are under construction that will meet the Energy Smart specifications. In total, almost 150 homes were built in 2019 that Conway Corp certified as Energy Smart. Look for the Energy Smart sign in front of Rush-Hal properties and other Conway builders for homes that are certified energy-efficient. 

Customers interested in learning more about Energy Smart homes or builders interested in building Energy Smart homes can call 501.450.6000 or visit ConwayCorp.com/EnergySmart.

Beth Jimmerson
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