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Energy Efficiency is a New York State Kind of Thing!

Posted by John Graziose

Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 06:04 AM

Energy-Efficiency-is-a-New-York-State-Kind-of-Thing.jpgAccording to, the State of New York tied for 5th among all states in the U.S. in the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. That’s not really surprising, since New York has a long history of leadership in energy efficiency. The Empire State continues to embrace that tradition and is continually looking for new ways to conserve energy through its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.

Some of that success is in the area of utilities where New York earned 10.5 points out of 20 for its utility policies and programs. Utilities and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) run both electricity and natural gas efficiency programs to achieve statewide electricity savings.

Where the state really stands out, however, is in the area of its building energy code stringency and compliance efforts. That’s where New York earned the highest possible ranking. As builders, we think that’s great news, because while “green building” may not grab headlines like it once did it’s a trend that hasn’t gone away—and shows no sign of doing so.

That commitment to energy efficiency is one that we at Gerber Homes have held for a long time as well. Norm Gerber is well-known in the industry for pioneering building techniques that promote quality construction while preserving the environment. As a “green builder,” Norm believes in using recycled products that are engineered and manufactured to be environmentally friendly. Brand names complete our homes with safety, energy efficiency, and maintenance-free benefits.

In addition, Gerber Homes was one of the first builders in the Finger Lakes region to become an Energy Star® builder. We care about giving our clients the best products built, using smart, innovative and energy efficient construction techniques that add value to their homes while saving them energy.

We build that kind of energy efficiency into each of our many floor plan options—whether it’s a 1,040 square foot 2-bedroom/ 1-bath home like our Hampshire model or a 3,609 square foot 3-bedroom/2.5 bath home with an in-law apartment (with 1 bedroom and 1 bath) like our Walton model. You can click here to see the wide variety of floor plan styles and sizes from which you can choose.

Maybe people don’t talk about energy efficiency in the same way that they used to when it was considered a new thing, but we’ve been talking about it—and using energy-efficient building materials and methods for a long time. But that’s no big surprise. After all, energy efficiency is a New York State kind of thing!

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