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SMECO Honors American Dreams, Inc.
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Recognized for Building the Most Energy-Efficient Home in 2016
HUGHESVILLE, MD – Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) recently recognized American Dreams, Inc. for building the Most Energy-Efficient Home in 2016. SMECO presented the award at a recent event that highlighted the achievements of several participating builders and raters for their leadership and support of the SMECO ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program.
The winning home is located in Newburg and was constructed to be more efficient than a home built to standard codes. According to a certified home energy rater, the home is expected to save 8.11 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity per year. American Dreams, Inc. achieved these energy savings through its focus on air sealing and other energy-efficient building techniques. The energy savings will translate to more than $650 in annual savings for the homeowner.
ENERGY STAR certified new homes can have all the features buyers want in their dream home, plus energy-efficient upgrades that deliver better performance and year-round energy savings. By offering financial incentives, training, and marketing and technical support, the SMECO ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program encourages builders to construct high-performance homes that are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than those built to Maryland code. These homes typically include energy-saving features that make them 20 to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes.
As Jennifer Raley, SMECO’s Energy and Technology Programs Manager, explained, “A new home is a significant long-term investment, and our customer-members deserve comfort and value that last.” Raley added, “In today's economy, energy efficiency is important to homebuyers. Using less energy means saving money every month. Ultimately, ENERGY STAR certified new homes offer more comfort and savings per square foot.”
In 2016, the SMECO New Homes Program generated 659 projects, saved 1,566 MWh in electricity, and provided more than $750,000 in incentives to participating builders. The program achieved 114% of its energy savings goals and recently received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence award from the Environmental Protection Agency.