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EYA's townhomes at Reservoir District: Eco-friendly features & all-electric design

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EYA's townhomes at Reservoir District: Eco-friendly features & all-electric design Blog Feature

By: EYA Homes on January 11th, 2024

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EYA's new townhomes coming to Reservoir District will offer residents eco-friendly features and all-electric design. What are the benefits of an all-electric home? How can this positively impact homeowners and the environment? Read on to learn about these special home features, how they could help you save money and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and make a positive impact on the environment. 

New EYA townhomes at Reservoir District priced from the $800s
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EYA's All-Electric Home Features 

In an energy-efficient, all-electric home, gas systems and appliances are replaced with their electric counterparts. Eliminating gas in a home not only reduces dependence on fossil fuels, but also can help to improve indoor air quality, reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards, and more.

EYA's townhomes coming to Reservoir District will feature an eco-friendly, all-electric design. That means, no gas lines will be run to the homes and all the home systems and appliances will be electric, including the following. 

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Electric Range & Cooktop

The townhomes at Reservoir District will feature electric ranges and cooktops, with an induction option available (click here to read more about electric vs induction). Electric/induction ranges and cooktops can offer increased health and safety benefits as gas-powered appliances release more air pollutants and have higher risk of fire. A Washington Post article noted that gas-powered appliances release "planet-warming gas methane" and "significant amounts of nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant that can trigger asthma and other respiratory conditions."

Benefits Include: Uses cleaner electric energy, improved indoor air quality for homeowners, eliminates risk of carbon monoxide from a gas leak, better for the environment, reduces risk of potential fire

Electric, Demand-Control Water Heater

In many homes with a conventional central water heater, not only is more energy used to constantly heat and store the hot water, but also the cold water currently in the pipes is wasted down the drain as you wait for the hot water to reach the faucet.

An electric, demand-control recirculating water heater not only uses cleaner electric energy, but also does not waste cold water. When you turn on a switch (just like a light switch!), the system starts recirculating cool water that's been sitting in the hot water line and quickly sends it back to the water heater then to the faucet. Once the water reaches a desired temperature, the pump automatically shuts off.

Benefits Include: Uses cleaner electric energy, reduces energy use as it is demand-controlled, no wasted water, potential cost savings on utility bills compared to conventional systems 

Click here to learn more about electric, demand-control recirculating water heaters. 

Electric HVAC System

A recent article by the U.S. Energy Information Agency states that on average, more than half of a household’s annual energy consumption comes from heating and cooling the home. An efficient HVAC system can not only help to reduce utility bills, but a modern electric system can also significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Furthermore, gas furnaces pose a higher risk of gas leak, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning compared to electric heat pumps.

Benefits Include: Uses cleaner electric energy, eliminates risk of carbon monoxide from a gas leak, improved indoor air quality, potential cost savings on utility bills compared to gas-powered systems 

Optional Electric Fireplace

An electric fireplace can provide many of the same benefits as other electric appliances. These may include less energy use, cleaner source of energy, eliminate risk of gas leak and gas pollutants, improved indoor air quality and more. Electric fireplaces can offer a streamlined presentation, and opportunity to customize the flame and elements such as use of natural-looking logs vs more modern glass or stone to suit the homeowner’s taste and décor.

Benefits Include: Uses cleaner electric energy, improved indoor air quality for homeowners, eliminates risk of carbon monoxide from a gas leak, better for the environment

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Benefits of an All-Electric Home 

As noted, there are numerous benefits of an all-electric home both for the homeowners and the environment. These include:

  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuels: All-electric homes eliminate the need for fossil fuels, reducing dependency on non-renewable resources and promoting cleaner energy consumption.
  • Improved safety: With all-electric homes, there is no risk of gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning associated with gas-powered appliances. Additionally, with no open flames, there is less risk of fire in the home.
  • Better indoor air quality: Electric appliances can provide better indoor air quality compared to their gas counterparts, as they do not produce combustion byproducts or emissions. 
  • More environmentally-friendly: All-electric homes reduce carbon emissions, helping you reduce your carbon footprint. By using electricity as the primary energy source for heating, cooling, cooking, and powering household appliances, these homes can contribute to a cleaner environment.
  • Potential cost savings for homeowners: All-electric homes typically are highly energy-efficient, which can help lower utility bills for homeowners. Plus, there may be incentives and tax rebates for further cost savings. 
  • One less utility to manage: All-electric homes offer the added convenience of one less utility to manage and maintain, and one less bill to pay. 

Additional Eco-Friendly Home Features 

In addition to the all-electric home features, the townhomes at Reservoir District will offer numerous other eco-friendly features. These include: 

  • Low flow water fixtures
  • Enhanced ventilation and low VOC finishes
  • Optional EV charging rough-in
  • Optional solar rough-in
  • Energy-saving LED recessed lighting throughout the home
  • Wifi-enabled smart thermostat
  • ENERGY STAR dishwasher and refrigerator
  • Seeking LEED for Homes Silver certification (the broader Reservoir District neighborhood is seeking LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold certification)
Furthermore, when complete, the Reservoir District neighborhood will feature an onsite grocery store, shops and restaurants, District of Columbia community center, 6-acres of open park space and a walking path around the perimeter of the site. Residents will be able to walk to the grocery store, exercise in the onsite park, and gather with friends at a restaurant—all without leaving the neighborhood. This can potentially reduce car use in your daily life and further lower your carbon footprint. 

Click here to learn more about EYA's new townhomes coming to Reservoir District. 

Features, finishes, functions, specifications and prices are subject to change without notice. Imagery is for illustrative purposes only. LEED registration is not a guarantee of certification and may be subject to change.

References to "EYA" refer to EYA, LLC. EYA, LLC’s development affiliates build homes in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC metropolitan area. Individual projects are developed and sold by EYA-affiliated entities, and all representations regarding the development, construction, or sale of any project or property refers to those affiliates. Buyers should carefully review their purchase and sales agreement before purchasing. EYA Marketing LLC markets, advertises, and sells each EYA affiliated property as agent for the seller.

RESERVOIR DISTRICT (RD) is being developed by McMillan Associates LLC. No representations regarding the development, construction, or sale of any portion of the RD community is made by EYA LLC or any EYA affiliate except McMillan Associates LLC. Sales by EYA Marketing LLC, agent for McMillan Associates LLC.