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Energy Efficiency

Designed with the environment in mind.

At McGuinn Hybrid Homes, energy efficiency is part of who we are. We never stop exploring methods, materials, and practices that conserve water and electricity while keeping you and your family comfortable.

High Performance Homes

A home is more than a structure—or it should be. Our homes “perform” to a higher level. We include features that provide a healthy and relaxing environment. The insulation and windows conserve energy and maintain consistent temperatures. Your indoor air quality is protected by a system that filters out dust, allergens, and excessive humidity.

Lower Utility Bills

Conserving energy rewards you with lower costs for water and electricity—thousands of dollars in maintenance costs—plus the peace of mind in knowing you’re reducing the carbon footprint. Your home’s resale value also benefits from energy efficiency, so you can pass the savings onto the next homeowner.

Lasting Eco-Friendliness

What difference does energy conservation make? The energy that fuels your home’s heating and electricity comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants. The emissions pollute the air. When you reduce your energy usage, you also reduce air pollution. Protect our environment by choosing a hybrid home!

Energy Efficiency certified new homes include the Following Features

The sheathing provides a thermal barrier that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it.

  • Reduces radiant heat transfer through the roof by up to 97%
  • Lowers attic temperatures by up to 30ºF
  • Increases the efficiency of the insulation and attic ductwork
  • Extends the life of the HVAC system
  • Significantly improves indoor comfort level
  • Reduces cooling costs

Today’s vinyl siding looks great and is so easy to keep that way.

  • Never requires repainting, saving time and money, and keeping harmful chemicals out of the environment and away from your home
  • Exceptional durability leaves a smaller carbon footprint.

Heating and cooling systems, floor and roof trusses, and stair assemblies are engineered with shorter lengths of 2X4 lumber, and designed for quality and conservation.

  • Conserve natural resources by reducing the amount of lumber required
  • Reduce construction costs
  • Cut the cost for constructing custom shapes, like cathedral ceilings
  • Eliminate load-bearing interior walls by transmitting the weight to the exterior
  • Enable stronger, quieter floors

Rely on gas heat for safe, clean, and affordable energy.

  • Use a resource that’s renewable
  • Natural gas furnaces deliver air at a comfortable 120ºF versus 95ºF from an electric furnace
  • Protect the environment with clean-burning natural gas
  • Take advantage of 90% efficiency of natural gas, compared to 27% for electric heat

Our superior system for creating a thermal barrier and airtight seal on your home prevents leaks.

  • High R-value wall and ceiling insulation retains cool indoor air in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Insulation provides valuable sound-proofing
  • Space-age house wrap creates a water-resistant barrier that keeps your home dry and also reduces energy costs
  • Air sealant is sprayed on all unsealed areas around window and door frames, exterior framing, attic stairs, knee walls, and exterior utility access
  • Mastic and caulk is applied to all HVAC connections

We make it easier to manage your home’s temperature and save money while doing so.

  • Save energy and costs when you pre-set the temperature for different conditions, like when you’re away from home
  • Count on the greater accuracy of programmable thermostats
  • Eliminate mercury that’s found in conventional thermostats
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by conserving energy

We install certified ENERGY STAR appliances in your home to ensure you’re getting maximum efficiency.

  • Tightened requirements ensure that today’s energy-efficient appliances use less than half of those manufactured just 12 years ago.

Low-emissive windows are treated with a coating that enhances the performance.

  • Decrease energy loss by as much as 30% to 50%
  • Prevent sunlight from increasing the interior temperature
  • Reduce fading of fabrics from harmful UV rays
  • Provide the beautiful look of wood without the high maintenance
  • Resist rotting, corrosion, salt air, termites, and air pollutants

With up to 50% of your home’s energy going to heating and cooling, it pays to be efficient here.

  • Reduce energy consumption without compromising comfort with our 14 SEER HVAC system
  • Duct seams and connections are sealed with mastic of metal-backed foil tape to prevent air leaks

New technology conserves water, so less clean drinking water goes down the drain and less money flows into your utility costs.

  • Low-flush toilets use only 1.28 gallons per flush, versus 6 gallons for older models—which is why toilets account for 40% of a household’s water use
  • Low-flow shower heads use 20% to 40% less water than older fixtures
  • Our low-flow bathroom faucets use up to 32% less water than regular faucets 

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used to be essential to their performance but released low-level toxic emissions.

  • Low-VOC paints in our homes are less harmful to human and environmental health and safety
  • Reducing the VOCs creates a paint that’s actually more durable
  • Costs for choosing low-VOC have gone down as demand goes up

Get all the hot water you need, courtesy of on-demand heating that also reduces energy costs.

  • Prolong the time between replacements with the 20-year life expectancy
  • Eliminate risk of tank leaks and water damage
  • Outdoor installation frees up interior space
  • Enjoy a continuous flow of hot water

Carbon fluorescent light bulbs have become the smart choice for conserving energy without losing the light.

  • Use 75% less electricity than a traditional incandescent bulb
  • Change bulbs much less frequently because CLFs last 15 to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs
  • Decrease the heat emitted from the bulb by approximately 75%

On Average You'll Save...

Over $100 each month in utility costs, and over $100 each month in home maintenance costs.

More Value. More Home. More Features.

For more information about Energy Efficiency certified new homes visit or contact our sales team today!

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