Looking to buy or build a new home in New Mexico? Consider an all-electric home!
All-electric homes save $7,500-$8,200 on construction costs and reduce energy consumption significantly compared to mixed-energy homes. They allow for greater flexibility in planning, design, and changes, let you skip expensive and time-consuming steps like working around or creating gas lines, and do all this while offering utility savings and greater quality of life.
To make the most of all-electric savings, it is crucial that a home be energy efficient. Make sure your builder is using double- or tripled-glazed, low e-technologyENERGY STAR windows. Have the windows, doors, ducts and vents been sealed? What kind of insulation has been installed and where? What is the insulation’s R-value – its resistance to heat flow? Are all the appliances ENERGY STAR rated? Are the lights all LEDs? Will the house receive a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating, and if so will you receive a complete copy? Will the builder complete the Appraisal Institute’s Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum on its green homes? Does the home qualify under any third party independent green certificate programs such as U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certificate or the National Green Building Standard? However, as Bob Krueger, AIA explains in this talk to 350 Santa Fe, the most credible and climate emergency-responsive standards are Zero Energy Ready Homes (which has an associated 45L tax credit) and homes built to Phius building design principles (see Resources below).
It’s cheaper to electrify US homes during construction–or even make them ready for future electrification–than it is to retrofit them later, according to research from the New Buildings Institute. Incentives are available to builders and prospective homeowners to lower the cost of installing appliances and equipment such as heat pumps, solar panels, and solar storage solutions.
New Mexico builders ranging from Picacho Mountain in Las Cruces to Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity are building net-zero, all-electric homes with benefits that will be seen for years to come. Lower building costs, save money, reduce emissions, improve air quality, and do it all while increasing your home’s value and guaranteeing that it will fit into a more sustainable world tomorrow.
Reduce Building Costs
Thinking about buying or building a new home? The expenses can add up quickly. In an updated analysis of new residential construction, RMI found that an all-electric, single-family home was more affordable to build in 9 cities studied. These cities were from drastically different climates and parts of the country, yet all showed reduced building expenses.
All-electric construction doesn’t require duct work, which can save thousands of dollars during construction. It also saves both money and time by allowing the builder to proceed without having to install or work around gas lines. Heat pumps are two appliances in one, functioning to both heat and cool your home–this combination of functions saves money during the building stage.
The cost to operate all-electric appliances is consistently lower than mixed-energy appliances. Heat pumps, for example, are generally 3-5x more efficient in their energy use than other options. All-electric appliances can also be moved and placed wherever there is an outlet, instead of being limited to gas hookups–this offers far greater flexibility in new home design and planning.
An entirely electric house can raise questions about operational costs: don’t the savings depend on the climate? And isn’t gas often cheaper than electricity? What about really cold weather?
The results haven’t changed, though: in different cities, with different climates, all-electric homes were cheaper to operate over time. The extreme cold in Minneapolis required a higher-capacity and more expensive heat pump than other areas, yet lower electricity rates offered by the utility during winter months, combined with higher efficiency, still lead to annual savings while offering many other benefits. And over the assumed 15-year lifetime of the equipment, those annual savings continue to add up.
An all-electric home not only prevents the release of these pollutions into the atmosphere, it also keeps them out of the air in your home. Electric appliances are cleaner, more efficient, and quieter, improving air quality as well as quality of life.
The RMI study showed that the CO2 emissions of all-electric homes are significantly lower than those of mixed-fuel homes in all cities studied. Without gas-powered appliances, emissions are already lower, and the addition of clean energy such as solar panels can reduce them even further.
Passive House Explained in 90 Sec. Phius is a non-profit committed to decarbonizing the built environment by making high-performance zero-carbon passive building the mainstream market standard. They aim to certify the majority of all passive house projects in North America with their locally tailored, globally applicable passive building standard. Phius designed homes perform 85% better and only cost 3-5% more than conventional building methods Find a Phius professional in New Mexico.
ENERGY STAR and IndoorAir Plus Certified Builders in New Mexico According to ENERGY STAR, its certified homes and apartments “offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes and apartments.” Market share in NM is less than 5%. Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary program that improves the quality of indoor air by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. It also adds enhanced filtration and inspection of air handling systems and duct work to ensure they are clean, free of debris, and provide adequate airflow. Multifamily builders. Manufactured Homes.