3 Energy Programs to Look Out for When Buying a New Home


According to NewHomeSource, superior insulation, solar power, and sustainable material offer many new home builders the opportunity to invest in energy efficient construction and design.

"With a growing demand for energy-efficient homes, investing in a newly built home now can mean increased value in the future and lower bills today.”


New homes save an average of 3,449 kilowatts of energy annually. That’s enough energy to power a television for 11 years, a washing machine for 4 years, and a coffeemaker for 32 years.

To meet these statistics for energy efficiency, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified homes are built with the U.S. Green Building Council’s sustainable design. LEED homes conserve energy and water, lower maintenance costs, increase value, and reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions. They're healthier and safer for your family, and these homes even qualify for tax incentives and rebates.

If you want to keep going green this year, consider a solar energy system for your new construction home. Solar panels qualify for a tax credit that’s 30 percent of the cost in Maryland.

National Green Building Standard Certification

If you look for an emerald certification from the National Green Building Standard, you could have energy savings of more than 60 percent.

The standard certifies "homes to the rigorous requirements of the NGBS — the only residential green building rating system approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. The NGBS provides practices for the design and construction of all types of green residential buildings."

There are more than 130,000 NGBS Green certified homes in the US, each designed and built to achieve high performance in six categories: Lot and Site Development, Resource Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Homeowner Education.

These homes focus on three primary attributes that today's homebuyers want: 

  • Healthy Homes that provide fresh air ventilation and improve indoor air quality, limit pollutants and contaminants in the home, and prevent moisture problems that can contribute to mold and attract pests
  • Lower Operating Costs that reduce utility costs through cost-effective energy and water efficiency practices, control maintenance costs through durable construction and product selection, and provide technical and educational resources to ensure the home’s optimum performance
  • Sustainable Lifestyle that promotes walkability, reduces home maintenance through enhanced durability, and preserves natural resources through responsible land development practices

HERS® Index

When you buy a Ryan Homes model, you commit to our BuiltSmart promise. It's our commitment to reduce your home’s environmental impact while providing the highest levels of performance and energy efficiency.

To prove how effective BuiltSmart is, we offer a Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) index score. This report is the homebuilding industry’s benchmark for rating overall energy efficiency. The lower your home scores, the more eco-friendly it is.

An index score is given after a series of diagnostic energy performance tests that utilize special equipment to determine the location and amount of air leaks in ductwork, windows, doors, walls, and ceilings.  

Your new construction final score is compared with a similarly sized home in the same climate zone. And because of Ryan Homes proprietary building techniques, your home’s low HERS® score means better savings for you on your monthly energy bill (and a higher resale value in the future). Here are some further rating insights for houses across the spectrum:

  • Resale HomeMany resale homes have an average HERS® rating of 135. Many score even higher than that, meaning most resale homes are at least 30 percent less efficient than they should be. You're paying more in utility costs and potential energy efficient home improvements if you go this route.
  • Standard New HomeMost new homes have a HERS® rating of 100. This rating meets the current industry standard for home energy efficiency — not optimal efficiency.
  • Ryan Homes ModelA new construction home from Ryan Homes aims for a HERS® rating of 65, which is 30 percent more efficient than a standard new home. This equates to a positive impact on your wallet and the environment.