New Homes Strengthen Economy Year-Round

Did you know that the month of April is the celebration of New Homes Month? As the housing industry celebrates, home builders want Americans to know just how much of a positive, direct impact residential construction has on the U.S. economy throughout the year. 

New homes strengthen the economy year-round. Home building is a key driver of the American economy. Economists at the National Association of Home Builders estimate that the one-year local impact of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include $21.1 million in local income, $2.2 million in taxes and other local government revenue and 324 local jobs. 

The income earned from construction activity is spent and recycled in the local economy, and the new homes that are built become occupied by residents who pay taxes and buy locally produced goods and services. A new home purchase is helping to keep the Las Vegas economy strong. 

A survey of home buyers by the NAHB showed that buyers felt the need for energy-efficient heating and air conditioning units, energy-saving appliances and lighting, water-conserving fixtures and low-E windows – all features that can only be found in new homes and all features that are included in a new American West home. 

New homes have the latest environmentally-friendly, cost-saving, advanced technology materials and appliances. A new home has better construction, the latest safety features and better floor plans to fit a wide variety of modern lifestyles. American West has over 50 different new home designs to choose from. 

A new home also means a brand new community. The communities American West builds in include newer state-of-the-art schools and a plethora of new shopping and dining. As a builder, American West gives their homeowners all the benefits of master plan living without any additional fees associated with it. 

A Clean Slate. You will be the first one to park your car in your sparkling-clean garage or the first to cook a dinner in your brand-new kitchen. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting. You can create your own home inside and out from the get-go! 

New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s need. Anyone who has ever lived in an older home can attest to the fact that there are never enough outlets, inside or out. New homes plan for the increased number and type of electronics and appliances used by today’s families. American West’s homebuyers all meet with a specialist from Progressive Home®, a home automation design firm catering to their sound, security, home theatre and automation needs. 

Purchasing a new home can be one of the biggest investments made in a lifetime. Today’s home buyers are seeking homes constructed by quality builders with established track records, who stand behind their homes. American West is a local, privately owned business that has been building in the Las Vegas valley since 1984 with thousands of happy homeowners. Dollar for dollar, square foot for square foot, no builder offers more value than American West.

Earth Day – April 22

Earth Day is a day to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is on April 22. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. The first Earth Day was in 1970. 

This year’s Earth Day theme is Billion Acts of Green®. The campaign calls for people to commit to an act that helps reduce carbon emissions and promotes sustainability. 

Here are some helpful tips: 

  1. Use CFL light bulbs. An average CFL bulb lasts 5 to 7 years, depending how it’s used. If every home replaced 5 high-use bulbs with ENERGY STAR® CFL’s, they could save more than $60 every year in energy costs.
  2. Adults receive about 41 lbs of junk mail each year. Get off junk mail lists. Here’s a website that can help
  3.  Go paperless. Read newspapers & magazines online. Switch to electronic banking & credit card payments.
  4. Make it a full load. The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load. Wash in cold water. About 90% of the energy from the washer goes to heating the water.
  5. Tests show that pre-rinsing doesn’t improve dishwasher cleaning & you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. Use the energy save option on dishwasher, allowing dishes to air dry.
  6. Use a programmable thermostat. Studies show that use of one can save households up to 25% in energy costs.
  7. In the summer, close blinds and drapes during the day to keep heat out.
  8. In the average home, 25% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Lots of appliances suck up energy even when they are turned off. TV’s, computers & DVD players are among the biggest culprits.
  9. Shower power! A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a 5 minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons.
  10. Vacuum your refrigerator coils and don’t obstruct them. They need air space to work.
  11. Use room fans to keep the air moving and reduce the feeling of heat.
  12. Fire up the outdoor grill instead of using the oven.
  13. When shopping use a reusable bag. Every year, the U.S. uses 100 billion plastic bags consuming about 12 million barrels of oil. All plastic bags can be recycled. Most stores have recycling bins for your use.
  14. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Help ease the burden on our landfills. Give away or sell used items that you no longer want.  

Some facts to consider:

  • If every American home swapped five incandescent bulb fixtures for Energy Star CFLs, it would keep one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air. 
  • Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water. 
  • If every American household purchased one package of 100% recycled napkins, it would save one million trees. 
  • The number of gallons of gas saved if every commuter car in the United States carried just one more person: 8 billion. 
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours. 
  • Shoppers worldwide are using 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”  – Gaylord Nelson

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