If you’re thinking about building your own home, you’ve probably spent a lot of time figuring out the details. You’ve considered different floorplans and selected complementary colors that pop. But have you considered energy efficiency?
The Power Moves Home program is perfect for anyone about to build their own home. Your local electric co-op helped create the program with its power supplier, Wabash Valley Power Alliance, to help homeowners achieve better energy efficiency — a benefit that will pay off for years to come. You can build a Power Moves Home and save on long-term energy costs.
The Power Moves Home Triple Advantage — Homes constructed to the program’s standards are on average 20 percent more energy efficient than a traditional home. That pays off in some pretty wonderful ways. First, your home will use less electricity when you build it to Power Moves Home standards. This leads directly to the second benefit: Your home will cost less to live in. (After all, if you’re not using as much energy on heating and cooling, you won’t have to spend the money to pay for it, either.)
Best of all, when you build a Power Moves Home, you’ll be a lot more comfortable all year long. Instead of fighting with the thermostat every time the weather changes, you’ll enjoy more consistent temperatures while using less energy.
How to Get Started — If you want to build a Power Moves Home, it’s never too early to give your local electric co-op a call. Your co-op’s energy advisor will work with the rest of the Power Moves team to get you started. The team will talk with your builder and assign a Home Energy Rating System® (HERS) rater to the project to verify that the program requirements are met before and during construction. Once construction is done, you’ll receive a full energy efficiency report that includes your HERS rating.
From start to finish, this is a free service provided by your local electric cooperative, but you’re encouraged to be involved every step of the way! Your co-op’s goal is to make sure you end up with a home that doesn’t just look great — it works great, too.
Get Started Today — Even if the idea of building your own home feels more like a dream than a reality right now, it’s never too soon to get in touch. Your local electric co-op can help answer questions, offer advice, and — when you’re ready to build — help you achieve our high standards of energy efficiency.
Learn more by contacting your electric co-cop’s energy advisor or visit the program page at www.PowerMoves.com/power-moves-home.