New Homes for Sale in Henderson Nevada

Is New for You?

Everyone loves a brand new model home: perfect decor, fabulous finishes, lush landscaping. What’s not to love? Well, it’s no secret that a brand new build will cost more than an already-occupied home, apples-to-apples. So, with the added cost for current layouts, up-to-date appointments, and shiny new everything, the real question remains: Are new homes in Henderson Nevada for you?

As part of our “Is New for You?” series, this post covers a hot topic (pun intended). One factor to consider when comparing new to not-new is energy efficiency. In the Anthem area, where summer highs average above 105°F, we are all too familiar with energy efficiency and hearty electric bills (granted, we make up for it in the winter, with our mild temperatures and mostly natural gas-fueled furnaces). But, is there a difference between dual-pane low-e windows installed in 2001 versus dual-pane low-e windows installed in 2014? Can you actually feel the difference between a home with a radiant barrier installed versus one without? Does a higher SEER rating on one A/C unit really amount to much energy saved? Well, yes: According to the 2009 American Housing Survey, all homeowners spent an average of $0.78 per square foot per year on electricity. So, a 2,000 square foot home costs an average of $1,560 per year to heat, cool. By comparison, brand new homes in the same study averaged $0.65 per square foot per year on electricity. Meaning, that same 2,000 square foot house – if brand new – will cost an average of $1,300 per year to heat, cool; a difference of more than 17% per year when you consider that the “all homeowners” average included the new homes data.

So, we know that on average new homes in Henderson Nevada will have lower utility bills than an older one, but are you saving enough?

Remember that many more factors should be used to determine a home’s true energy efficiency – electricity is merely one piece of the puzzle. We’ll explore other energy factors in later posts in our “Is New for You?” series. Stay tuned!