For Many New Home Buyers, Georgia Power’s EarthCents Program Makes Sense


Smith Douglas Homes is proud to participate in Georgia Power’s EarthCents Program, and is currently building beautiful new energy efficient homes in these Smith Douglas EarthCents Communities:


  • River Brooke
  • Woodward Crossing
  • Olde Town Grayson

Georgia Power EarthCents Program


The Georgia Power EarthCents Program was created to educate new home buyers about the benefits of energy-efficient construction and also, to work with builders to provide new construction that is more energy-efficient than homes built to standard building codes. In short, this program is completely focused on enhancing the energy efficiency of a home.


To be eligible for the Georgia Power EarthCents program, the new homes built by Smith Douglas Homes have to feature electric space heating and water heating – which means that homeowners can still have gas cooking and a gas fire place in the home – a real desirable feature for today’s new home buyers who are considering the purchase of a new Smith Douglas home.


Under Georgia Power’s EarthCents program, an independent third party rates the energy efficiency of the homes that are being built by Smith Douglas Homes. This HERS Rater validates the energy performance of the home. Once tested, the energy rater provides a HERS Score. 


HERS Score


HERS stands for the Home Energy Rating System and is the national standard for measuring true energy costs and is certified by RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network).


Similar to golf, the lower the HERS score, the better. To help understand this rating, a resale home may have a HERS Score of about 130, while a typical new home built to code will have a HERS Score of about 91.


However, any of the Smith Douglas homes that are a part of the EarthCents program will have a HERS score of 77 or less. That is a great energy savings – which in turn directly translates into a lower cost of ownership. To put it into dollars and cents, such a low HERS Score saves homeowners about $400 per year when compared to a resale home.


For more information about the Georgia Power EarthCents program, check here:


For more information Smith Douglas Homes’ EarthCents communities, or about the well-built new homes and variety of floorplans available in Smith Douglas’ new home communities throughout Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Paulding counties, you are invited to check out our beautiful models in person, or visit