Nick and Justine

In this video: Meet a family who built their home to save money and help the environment. They included insulation on the outside of the home and bathroom fans with timers. Dual zone heating and cooling allows them to heat or cool only certain areas of their home, so they stay comfortable while saving energy. The new furnace and air conditioning unit are energy efficient and quiet. In order to ensure that a new home is built efficiently, always bring in a third-party energy inspector to certify the energy-efficient upgrades.

Final home tour

In this video: In a walkthrough of their finished home, Nick and Justine describe how choosing energy efficient technologies for their new home have improved their lifestyle and energy bills.

New construction energy efficiency

In this video: A home builder talks about his business's process for constructing energy efficient homes.

Lead with lifestyle

In this video: A homeowner shares how allergy concerns, a desire for energy efficiency and a need for better function led to decisions about the construction of their new home.

Under construction

In this video: Tour a home under construction which includes many energy-saving choices, from windows to walls.

It doesn't have to be expensive

In this video: New construction doesn't have to be expensive. Learn how keeping energy efficiency as a priority can make a difference.

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