Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service, in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority, is building a green Habitat for Humanity home. ENERGY STAR certified homes use far less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating, which results in a $200-$400 annual savings.
The house is located in the brand new Timberwood subdivision, off Brick Church Pike just north of Briley Parkway. Once complete, the final product will be a new, energy efficient home and lower utility bills for a deserving family.
“Affordable housing should come with affordable electric bills,” says NES President & CEO Decosta Jenkins. “Beyond building a new house, we wanted to provide a home that would offer continued savings for the homeowner and have a positive impact on the environment. It is our job as an energy leader and good steward.”
In 2006, NES partnered with the Metro Development & Housing Agency, Affordable Housing Resources, and Urban Housing Solutions to identify six residential developments for ENERGY STAR certification, including Shelby Court, Sam Levy Homes, John Henry Hale Homes, Parkway Terrace, Creekside, and Quiet Creek. Energy consumption and the impact of emissions have both been reduced.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of ‘tried-and-true’ energy-efficient features:
- Effective Insulation
- High-Performance Windows
- Tight Construction and Ducts
- Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
- Efficient Products (i.e. Lighting Fixtures and Appliances)