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10.18.13

WALTERS HOMES IS RECOGNIZED WITH A 2013 ENERGY STAR® LEADERSHIP IN HOUSING AWARD

Walters Homes earns award for building new homes that protect the environment through energy efficiency

BARNEGAT, N.J., Oct. 18, 2013 – Walters Homes is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution Walters Homes has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building more than 50 ENERGY STAR certified homes last year. Collectively, these homes will save our customers approximately $11,910 on utility bills and reduce 142,200 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR certified homes are equivalent to the greenhouse gases:

  • Produced by 13.44 passenger vehicles annually;
  • Emitted from burning 66,450 lbs of coal; and
  • Saved by planting and growing 1,650 coniferous trees, such as pine or spruce, for ten years.

To earn the ENERGY STAR label, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are up to 30% more efficient than typical new homes built today.

"Walters Homes adheres to sustainable construction methods and the use of Energy Star-certified products, which help homeowners to lower their operating costs and conserve energy," stated Edward Walters, Jr., founder and president. "An energy-efficient home uses less energy, water and natural resources, creating less waste, and offers a healthier and more comfortable living environment."

ENERGY STAR certified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.

"ENERGY STAR builder partners offer new homes that are designed and built to standards well above most others on the market today," said Jonathan Passe, Director of EPA's ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. "Because ENERGY STAR certified homes undergo rigorous independent inspections and testing, homebuyers who choose ENERGY STAR can be confident that their new home will offer real energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and value for years to come."

Together, families living in ENERGY STAR certified homes saved $527 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 604,000 vehicles last year alone. More than 100,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2012, and more than 1.4 million ENERGY STAR homes have been built.

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