Besides providing you the latest in floor plans and designs, new homes typically have an advantage in cost savings due to the materials used and energy efficiencies they provide.  If you are in the market for a new home, you should do your research on the estimated cost savings and energy efficiencies for buying new over old.  Here is a quick guide to new home cost savings and energy efficiencies:

Where do the cost savings come from? 
If new home construction is built using the right materials, with a focus on energy efficiency, you will notice certain features and design elements that naturally set it apart.  At Crescent Homes, employ innovative designs that deliver cost savings and energy efficiency.  The end result is a beautiful home that provides a healthier indoor environment, lower utility bills, more durability, less maintenance, and greater comfort.

In fact, we’re so confident in the energy and money saving benefits of our homes, that we guarantee them.  Here is a look at what you can expect in terms of your energy efficient Crescent home in Charleston, SC:

Tight Construction
What does this mean?  When you purchase a home or building, the building envelope is the separation between the home’s indoor environment and the outdoor environment.  When you seal this envelope, you are helping to reduce drafts, dust, and pollen that come from exterior sources, and you are left with a cleaner, healthier home for you and your family.

Radiant Energy Barrier
This sounds like something from Star Trek, but is in fact a barrier that keeps your attic cooler by deflecting the heat from the sun.  A cooler attic improves the overall operating efficiency of your air conditioning system, which can help you as the homeowner in the long-run.

Engineered & Sealed Duct System
When your home is heated or cooled, air is filtered through the ductwork.  When you seal the ducts, it helps conditioned air get delivered quicker and more efficiently.  Sealed Duct systems allow your heating and cooling system to operate with less effort.

Low E Windows
A Low-E window coating can help reduce your energy loss by as much as 30-50% over regular windows.  These coatings also prevent ultra-violet (UV) rays from passing through the glass which reduces the premature fading of furnishings and flooring that is found in homes with regular windows.  This means you lose less energy and your risk of premature aging in furniture is lower!

Effective Insulation
Properly installed insulation helps to reduce energy consumption, improve overall comfort, and minimize indoor temperature variability.

Third Party Inspections
Don’t just take our word for it.  To ensure that all of our homes meet the most stringent standards, we have a third party inspects each newly built home.  We test every home!

Tankless Water Heaters
“Less Space, More Efficiency”
When you use a tankless water heater you can expect to realize 50% more in energy efficiency than a normal natural gas water heater.  You  can also expect it to be 70% more efficient than electric water heaters., and they also take up less space.

Fresh Air Ventilation
Each Crescent home in Charleston is equipped with a ventilation sytem that supplies fresh filtered air throughout your home, giving you clean air confidence and superior indoor air quality while maintaing positve pressure throughout the home.

Programmable Thermostats
You can reduce residential energy use by adjusting the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that occur at variable times throughout the day.  With programmable thermostats you can reduce energy use without having to sacrifice comfort.  It is not unusual to realize 30% reductions in heating and cooling energy  usage by  using pre-prgrammed settings.

Low VOCs Paints & Finishes
The EPA has identified indoor air polution as one of the four greatest risks to human health.  Volatile Organic Compounds are found around the home in cleaning solvents, adhesive paints, carpets.  Crescent Homes only use low VOC piants and finishes to help ensure the best indoor air quality.

These elements or design features are some of the differences you can expect when you buy a Crescent Home.  They are also the reason you can expect to experience cost savings and energy efficiencies as a new homeowner!

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