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why old model homes energy cost so much more than the new ? or are they just in bad shape or the way they are design?
  • February 05 2013 - Charlotte
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Lot's of factors here.  Design and the types of systems the property has, ie Windows, Insulation, Doors, and HVAC.
  • February 14 2013
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Like cars, homes have become more efficient. The downside is new home puts and impact on the environment, they lack mature landscaping, and are often times farther out of town requiring more driving. Older homes can have charm that is not easy to duplicate. Many states have a rebate program like yours. We have one here and I have seen many homes greatly improved. Combine that rebate program with an Energy Efficient Mortgage during a purchase or refi and it's the best of both worlds.
  • February 14 2013
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Sometimes it is true that older homes cost more to 'run' due to higher energy costs, but the truth is that most people are not aware of the rebate deals that are available through your local utility company to improve the performance of a home.  My wife and I are finishing a remodel of a home built in 1947, with over 4,000 sq ft of living space and the total rebates we received was approximately $1,000. In addition, energy improvements are added to your cost basis of the home as long as they are legitimate. Some aspects of poor energy performance is simply related to ignorance, or a lack of knowledge.
  • February 13 2013
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Below you can see the Stack effect on a home.
There are numerous building practices we are required to use now on New construction in order to meet new energy codes. Model homes now may be insulated with spray foam to provide people with an option.

Most of all- the insulation requirements, firestopping keeps homes from being drafty, energy star rated windows and doors are stock on almost every new home, windows are insulated, attics and duct work is insulated better, appliances are more energy efficient, and HVAC systems account for 35% of your power bill and are much more efficient than they used to be.
  • February 12 2013
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Newer homes have better insulation, doors and windows. Even shingles have an energy star rating now. Some newer houses even have 6" walls (vs 4") for more insulation. Mechanicals (water heaters, furnaces & a/c units) are also much more efficient. Water saving toilets, front loading clothes washer and inserts for showers also save on water consumption.
  • February 05 2013
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