Tag Archive for ‘energy efficiency’

The Average Builder Uses 10 Different Green Products and Practices

On average, single-family builders use 10.2 different green products or practices, and 22 percent always or almost always have their homes certified to a green standard, according to a recent NAHB survey. The survey consisted of special questions on the January survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. A total of 337 single-family builders responded to these questions, one… Read More ›

Home Buyer Preferences for Green Features Remain Stable

In NAHB’s latest home buyer preference survey, buyers gave high marks to particular types of green features. Indeed, ENERGY STAR® rated appliances ranked second from the top among 150 different home and community features that buyers rated on a consistent scale.  Comparing results over the last several surveys shows a stable trend: preferences for particular green features in 2015 were about… Read More ›

Nearly 90% of NAHB Remodelers Commonly Use Low-E Windows

Energy efficient windows again ranked as green feature commonly used by the most remodelers in NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2015.  Nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year. Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable thermostats, and ENERGY STAR appliances, each… Read More ›

Ten Years of Homes, Only Three Percent of Energy Consumption

Single-family and multifamily homes built in the previous ten years accounted for just 3.2 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S., according to NAHB’s latest analysis of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA’s last report on ““Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States” (covering data through 2009), shows that, in total (irrespective of when it… Read More ›

Efficient Windows Top List of Green Products Used by Remodelers

Energy efficient windows emerged as the leading green product among remodelers responding to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2014, as nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year.  Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems and programmable thermostats at 70 percent each, closely… Read More ›

Energy Tax Credits: Large Impacts After 2010 Rule Changes

In 2005, Congress established a number of energy-efficiency tax incentives related to housing. These policies include the tax code section 45L credit for the construction of energy-efficient homes, the 25C credit for retrofitting existing homes, and the 25D credit for the installation of power production property in new and existing homes. Using earlier IRS data for tax year 2009, we… Read More ›

Senate Finance Staff Discussion Draft: Energy Tax Incentives

Last week saw the release of yet another discussion draft from the staff of the Senate Finance Committee concerning tax reform. Following draft proposals concerning depreciation/accounting and other business expenses (such as advertising), the most recent draft proposes changes to the tax code’s rules concerning energy production and energy-efficient improvements. Under the draft proposal, most existing energy tax incentives would be… Read More ›

Average Monthly Electric Bill by State

*** Please note this post was updated in March 2015 using 2013 data. That update can be found here. The average monthly electric bill for residential properties in Hawaii was $203.15, the highest in the nation for 2012, according to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The average residential electric bill, by contrast, in New Mexico… Read More ›