Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

1st Oklahoma Homes is proud to participate in the Oklahoma Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Program. This program encourages homebuilders in the Oklahoma Natural Gas service territory to construct energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. Homebuilders are encouraged to install high efficient, natural gas equipment that exceeds current building codes and standards. This program helps to reduce energy bills and lessen the home’s carbon footprint. Qualifying homes must have a HERS (Home Energy Rater) rating of 70 or below or as defined by current state code.

This program focuses on six areas of residential construction:

  1. Engineered heating, ventilation, air conditioning design taking into account bends and turns in ductwork, register locations, duct lengths, connections, and air flows = energy cost savings and more consistent temperatures from room to room.
  2. Effective insulation properly installed and achieved by sealing cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling duct systems = less dust, lower heating and cooling costs, a reduction in drafts, and better air distribution.
  3. High performance windows reflect the sun’s energy away from the home in the summer, and reflect the furnace’s heat back to the home in the winter = reduced fabric fading on carpets and furnishing, and lower energy costs. Furnaces heat air and distribute it throughout the home in a duct system. We install energy efficient oil and gas furnaces that have annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of 92 percent or higher, making them up to 20 percent more efficient than standard models.



  4. Lighting and appliances specified as energy efficient qualified products including lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, etc. = more energy cost savings.
  5. Air-tight construction and ducts sealing cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise = a tightly sealed home, improving comfort, indoor air quality and better air distribution while reducing utility and maintenance.
  6. Third party verification with the help of independent Home Energy Raters allow energy efficient certified builders to choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct on-site testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing = your energy efficient certified home.