Energyright New Homes program


Are you planning to build your next home?  Now is your best opportunity to make energy efficiency investments that will pay off for alifetime. It’s often more cost-effective to make sure the home you build already has all the elements of optimal energy efficiency. By utilizing the EnergyRight New Homes Plan, offered from CEMC and TVA, you can ensure that your home’s efficiency and comfort will be maximized from the start!  Not only will you benefit from lower utility costs, but qualifying homes can also receive incentives up to $600!

Here’s How to Get Started:

Step 1 – Review the Builders Application and Prescriptive Method contained in the Application Packet below. 

Share this information with your general contractor to ensure your plans meet the qualifications. Please note, only all electric homes will be considered for the Hew Homes Program (gas logs & range top are allowed.)

Step 2 – If an HVAC installer has not been selected, it is recommended to choose from the QCN HVAC Installers list below.  The installation of HVAC units and ductwork is critical to the efficiency of the system, and these installers are recognized by TVA as properly trained and certified in superior HVAC design and installation. 

Step 3 – Once construction is nearing completion, complete the Builder Application and return it to CEMC.  Once the application is received, the Energy Programs Inspector will contact you to schedule the final inspection. 

Step 4 – During the inspection, the Energy Programs Inspector will take several measurements of the conditioned space, windows and doors, verify insulation R-values, and test the HVAC system for operations and duct leakage.  After completing the inspection, the information will be entered into a Home Energy Rating System (HERS).  Once the home achieves a qualifying scoring, the rebates will be submitted and sent to you! 

New Homes Application Packet
                        QCN HVAC Installers                       New Homes Construction Recommendations

Here are a few items to consider when planning the construction of your new home:

Heat Pumps
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. There are other types that are even more efficient (reducing your utility cost) such as geothermal heat pump systems.

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. HVAC Fact Sheet | Go Thermal                    

Air Infiltration
The most common source of inefficiency in any home, regardless of size or location, is air infiltration.  After construction, it is also the most difficult inefficiency to improve.  It is highly important that when constructing a home to seal the structure as tightly as possible.  Simple caulking and expanding foam can decrease the amount of outside air that your HVAC system must combat.  Have all leaks sealed also allows for better insulation value, as most insulation does not restrict air flow across the thermal boundary.  Read more about Air Infiltration opportunities below. Thermal Enclosure Factsheet.

Proper attic insulation is a key element for a more comfortable and energy efficient home. It is important to have a continuous boundary of insulation between the conditioned space and the unconditioned space. This boundary is referred to as the “thermal envelope”. Any gaps, voids, or uneven areas can cause major deficiencies in the effectiveness of your insulation. Insulation levels are specified by R-values that measure the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to approximately R-38 or about 10 inches to 14 inches, depending on insulation type. Insulating a New House (Do It Right the First Time)

Water Heater
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 overall energy usage on a monthly basis, as the savings are not related to seasonal weather.  By installing an advanced water heater, such as a heat pump water heater, or geo-thermal system, it could save you a considerable amount on your electric billing! Save money and more with Energy Star certified Heat Pump Water Heaters