Couple chooses Energy Star residence

After learning about the benefits of owning an Energy Star home, environmentally conscious homeowners William and Freda Cobb insisted on purchasing one. They found a suitable residence within Avante Homes' Mesa Verde community in Henderson.

"We chose an Energy Star home because we are concerned about the environment and were impressed with the savings in both energy consumption and utility costs," William Cobb said.

"Avante Homes was an obvious choice for us. The location of our new home is excellent and the value is undeniable. Avante Homes does not cut corners in their craftsmanship, so we were thrilled to see what came standard with our home," he said. "We feel all new homes should be required to be Energy Star-rated. The reduced energy consumption is mutually beneficial to both the environment and the homeowner. It's a definite win-win."

Avante Homes is a member of Nevada Energy Star Partners, a coalition of Southern Nevada home builders, developers, retailers, mortgage providers, energy consultants and local utilities promoting energy conservation. Energy Star-rated homes meet building guidelines for efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star-qualified homes can include a variety of energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment and Energy Star-qualified lighting and appliances. These features contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, in addition to lowering energy demand and reducing air pollution.

Energy Star, the U.S. government-approved symbol for energy efficiency, was created by the EPA originally for energy-conserving computers in 1992 and is now jointly implemented with the U.S. Department of Energy. The program has been expanded to include more than 40 product categories that conserve energy, from appliances, electronics, lighting, windows and office products to entire homes and even mortgages. For more information on Energy Star, visit or visit and click on the Energy Star link.