Energyright New Homes program
|New Homes Electrification Options||Single Family Incentive Paid to Builder|
|All Electric Home (No Gas)||$1,000|
|Electric Heat Pump and Electric Water Heater||$800|
|Electric Heat Pump||$700|
|Dual Fuel Heat Pump and Electric Water Heater||$600|
|Dual Fuel Heat Pump||$500|
|Mini-split (Whole Home)||$400|
Here's how to get started?
|New Home Participation Agreement||QCN HVAC Installers||New Homes Building Information||New Homes Work Completion Form|
Here are a few items to consider when planning the construction of your new home:
A heat pump is the cleanest, most efficient and least expensive way to heat and cool your home. In the summer, a heat pump removes the warm air from inside your home and moves it outside leaving cool air inside. In the winter, the process reverses itself, and the solar heat from the outside air is pumped inside, keeping your home warm. Believe it or not, winter air does contain heat that the heat pump can use. A heat pump is quiet, clean and safe and needs no flue for venting fumes, does not require combustion and does not leave residue in your home. There are different types of heat pumps to choose from, the most common in our area being an air-source heat pump.
Dual Fuel Heat Pumps
Dual fuel heat pumps offer the efficiency of a heat pump with the convenience of a gas fueled auxiliary furnace. The heat pump compressor can adequately heat your home until the temperature reaches balance point (typically around 30-35°). The gas furnace then takes over, providing heat in the more extreme temperatures.
Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
For those seeking true zoned comfort, ductless mini-split heat pumps offer the ideal solution. Like standard air-source heat pumps, mini splits have two main components; an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. Due to small size and the ability to connect multiple indoor air handler to a single outdoor condenser, mini-splits can offer each room to be controlled to individual comfort levels using individual thermostats. Mini-splits are extremely efficient and require no auxiliary heat, keeping comfort low cost to the homeowner.
For maximum operating efficiency, proper installation of your heat pump and ductwork is key! Choosing a heat pump dealer who is a member of the Quality Contractor Network (QCN) will insure your heat pump works correctly.
A home’s baseload energy usage (energy usage without heating or cooling) is largely dominated by water heating. A simple water heater can contribute as much as 40% of a typical home’s baseload energy usage! By using a more efficient water heater, you can reduce your monthly overall energy usage, as the savings are not related to seasonal weather.
When choosing a water heater, consider purchasing the highest Energy Factor available. The Energy Factor (EF) measures the amount of hot water produced per watt of electricity consumed; for example, an EF of .95 is 95% efficient. It is also important to match the size to the household. For a household of 3, a 50 gallon tank is sufficient. The water heater will reheat when not being used due to standby heat loss, so the larger the tank, the more energy is wasted in reheating.
Advanced water heaters, such as a heat pump water heater, or geo-thermal system are more efficient than standard water heaters. Households typically consume 4646 kWh per year using standard tanked models, where a hybrid water heater will consume around 1407 kWh, for a savings around $320 annually.