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3rd Annual MHG Community Day

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

On January 12th we held our 3rd Annual MHG Community Day. MHG Community Day is just our small way of giving back to those in need in our community. This year, thanks to help from our employees, contractors, and suppliers, we were able to double the number of individuals, families and homes we worked with compared to last year. Throughout each year, we volunteer our time and materials to help out individuals and families with everyday maintenance issues. Everything from fixing a leaky faucet, adding additional insulation, changing furnace filters, cleaning out gutters, to building a wheelchair accessible ramp at a local home. We truly feel that we get more out of the time spent than those that we help. Thanks again to everyone who was involved.

Save Energy Costs with a MHG Home

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

For the two most recent homes MHG built, we received HERS ratings of 58 and 64.  Those ratings equate to a home that is approximately 36-42% more efficient than a comparable new home built to code, and approximately 66-72% more efficient than a comparable existing re-sale home.

When buying a new home from MHG, we pass these energy savings directly on to our buyers as standard features, lowering the energy costs of our homes and thereby reducing the overall costs of ownership.

Refer to post below “HERS Rating – Energy Efficiency and Your New Home” for more information on energy efficient homes and the HERS rating.

HERS Rating – Energy Efficiency and Your New Home

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

So how does the process of determining a home’s energy efficiency work?  One metric to measure energy efficiency is through the Home Energy Rating System (HERS).  Home energy ratings provide a standard measurement of a home’s energy efficiency.  The HERS index is the official number that comes from the rating. A standard new home that just meets building code has a HERS Index of 100 and a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index (The U.S. Department of Energy).  For every point above or below 100, the home is that percent less or more efficient than the same home built to current code.

For example, a home with a HERS Index of 70 is 30% more efficient than a new home built to standard building codes.  The same home with a HERS Index of 70 would be 60% more efficient than a similar existing re-sale home. In other words, lower numbers are better. 

HERs ratings involve an on-site inspection of a home by a third party residential energy efficiency professional, a home energy rater. The home energy rater reviews the home to identify its energy characteristics, such as insulation levels, window efficiency, wall-to-window ratios, the heating and cooling system efficiency, the solar orientation of the home, and the water heating system. Performance testing, such as a blower door test for air leakage and duct leakage, is also part of the rating.

The HERS Index is a useful metric; however, it does not tell you how much energy a home will use. Of course, it’s a good sign if a home has a low HERS Index — but just because your house has a low HERS Index doesn’t mean that your energy bills will be low.  For example, if you have a very big house with a low HERS Index, all you know is that your house will use less energy than the typical very big house. But a big house with a HERS score of 65 can still use more energy than a small house with HERS score of 100.

For a home qualifying for Energy Star, the EPA requires a HERS Index score of 85 or less (at least 15% more energy efficient than standard new home as shown by a HERS Rater).  AT MHG we are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. MHG homes that qualify for the ENERGY STAR label are typically 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.

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