Divine Custom Homes was once again recognized by AEP Texas for building the home with the highest kWh savings from among those entered in its High-Performance Homes Program for 2018. The award is not new to Olga Treviño, the company’s builder/owner, having received it last year, as well.
The 2018 High Performance Home Workshop was held on Thursday, Oct 25th, at the United Way of South Texas facility in McAllen. Builders attending the workshop learned new strategies for differentiating themselves from those building to minimum code, and, more importantly, how energy efficient certifications provide the utmost in value for homebuyers: compliance with state code law, utility savings, homes that are healthier and more comfortable, reduced cost of home ownership in the long term, and future selling advantages with higher resale values.
There isn’t one contractor who will say their home is not energy efficient. Every builder will say his or her home is energy efficient—but compared to what? The following is a guide for homebuyers to help them identify whether or not the home they are planning to buy is—or will be built—as a high- performance
A typical home has a half-mile of cracks and gaps around the home’s envelope, including windows, doors, and numerous holes within the framework from plumbing, lighting, electrical wiring, and ductwork—yes, one half-mile.
The key to ensuring whole house comfort is as simple as making sure the humidity in your home is controlled. Controlling the humidity levels in your home not only increases comfort and the quality of indoor air, it also saves energy and lowers your utility bill. Achieving this task, however, involves several components in the
Today we will highlight different materials and/or products that are key contributors to energy savings, interior comfort, and lower utility bills. Often, the little extra expense in up-front costs of these materials and products is minimal compared to long-term savings—especially if you, as the homeowner, consider all the resulting benefits for the life of your
When it gets hot in Texas, it gets really hot. We have a climate in which air conditioning is required practically year round. So, when you’re in the process of buying or building a new home, it’s important to make sure your A/C unit is correctly sized and matched to the home’s specifications. Why is
By making some basic changes around the house, you can save big bucks on your monthly bills. 1. Ask your builder for ENERGY STAR® appliances The appliances and electronics in your home consume 20% of the electricity you use. Request only ENERGY STAR for your new home’s refrigerator, washing machine, dishwater, and other appliances. Over
When you consider the large size of your new home, each little light bulb is pretty small by comparison. But these little pieces of technology actually have the potential to either cost you a lot of money, or save you a lot of money. Choosing the right light fixtures as you design your space is important
Just because you can see through windows doesn’t mean they’re not part of your walls. In fact, because it’s much harder to insulate windows effectively, your home’s windows can have an even bigger impact on your air conditioning costs. The size of the windows in a home, the number of windows, and whether or not they
You cannot see insulation in a finished home, and what you cannot see may cost you a lot of money and have a tremendous impact on your comfort. While much standard insulation does an adequate job of keeping your home cool, if it is less efficient, it will increase your need for air conditioning, which will
There are some things missing from your new home shopping list of “must haves.” And they should be deal breakers. When it comes to choosing a new home, we are all different. We have different ideas and individual preferences about size, floor plan design, interior colors and textures, and the ideal home exterior. We carry