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Understanding Energy Smart Homes

by Beth Jimmerson

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program is one of the many ways we’re balancing increasing demands for electricity with our commitment to provide 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 an Energy Smart Home when looking for a new house. 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 Corporation energy professional to ensure proper construction and guidelines have been followed. 

Energy Smart Home features

Effective insulation – Properly installed insulation in floors, walls and attics ensure 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 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 the home. 

High-efficiency lighting and appliances – Energy Smart Homes are also equipped with Energy STAR qualified products like light fixtures, fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans and appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines that reduce overall energy use in the home. 

Low-flow water products – Products like low-flow shower heads and toilets conserve water and reduce utility costs.

Energy Smart Home 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, it will add 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 Corporation energy professional to verify its energy performance and ensure it meets energy-efficiency standards. 

Smart investment –Today, everyone is concerned about managing energy costs. Homebuyers who purchase an Energy Smart Home can be confident it will have highly-valued features when the time comes to sell. 

Conway Corporation is proud to work with local builders to ensure homebuyers have high-quality, energy-efficient options for homeowners in Conway. 

Conway Corp has named Kevin Watson of Watson Homes and Tom Watson of Tom Watson Construction the 2018 Energy Smart Builders of the Year for their dedication to building energy-efficient homes in the Conway community. 

Conway Corp recognized 25 homes built by Watson Homes and Tom Watson Construction as being Energy Smart in 2018. The builders have nine Energy Smart homes under construction, including seven in the Robynmar Subdivision, a 45-lot development being built exclusively by Watson Homes and Tom Watson Construction.

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.