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Plan 1252, pictured, is winner of the NAHB 2008 "Single Family Affordable Home of the Year."

Creating the Perfect Environment
At the core of what makes a home green is how efficiently it responds to its environment. The key to building a home that provides maximum indoor comfort, temperature balance and energy efficiency is understanding your sustainable design options and purchasing the right HVAC system.
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Energy Saving Tips
No matter what type of heating or cooling system you have, everyone is feeling the heat with rising energy costs. Typically, 45% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling with more than half of homeowners in the U.S. using natural gas to heat their homes.

The good news is, no matter what kind of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system you have in your home, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and purchasing the right energy efficient equipment.
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Choosing the Right Equipment
When purchasing heating or cooling equipment, remember that high efficiency levels begin with ENERGY STAR®. Whether you're searching for a new heat pump, furnace, or other heating and cooling equipment, ENERGY STAR® has set energy efficiency specifications to help you save on energy bills and improve the comfort level in your home. Common HVAC systems include furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and central air conditioners.
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Choosing an ENERGY STAR® qualified product will greatly reduce energy costs and provide a healthy environment. View the complete line of Lennox® products.



Enjoy a sleek and contemporary look with the colorful Affinity Series® by York®. View the complete line of energy-efficient products by York®.


Using foam insulation between the rafters and studs to completely insulate the whole house including the attic might be more expensive, but it will provide the prospective homeowner with a lifecycle benefit by lowering their energy bills significantly by placing the HVAC air handling units within the insulated envelope (instead of an A/C unit sitting in a 130 degree attic it is in an 85 degree space). The house is also much tighter by not allowing as much air infiltration.

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