Why ENERGY STAR?
Lower utility bills:
Reduce energy bills for homeowners by $200-$400
New HVAC systems, advanced controls
and efficient lighting reduce maintenance demands.
Energy-efficient homes consistently earn higher resale prices than
STAR qualified homes are built to strict energy-efficiency guidelines using tried-and-true
technologies and construction practices. Because ENERGY STAR qualified new homes
use substantially less energy through more efficient heating,
cooling, and water heating equipment, occupants can expect to save about $200-$400
annually on their utility bills.
ENERGY STAR qualified new homes allows you to improve the performance of the homes
at little or no additional cost. You can offer home buyers superior comfort and
indoor air quality, quieter interiors, the opportunity for higher resale value,
and a more environmentally friendly home - all for a lower cost than a standard
an ENERGY STAR qualified new home gives homebuyers access to preferred financing
that maximizes their purchasing power.
single-family or multifamily residential building that is three stories or less
in height can qualify to receive the ENERGY STAR label. This includes traditional
site-constructed homes as well as modular, systems-built (e.g., insulated concrete
forms, structural insulated panels), and HUD-code manufactured homes. To earn
the label, a home must be least 30% more energy-efficient in its heating, cooling
and water heating than a comparable home built to the 1993 Model Energy Code (MEC),
and 15% more efficient than the state energy code.
information on ENERGY STAR qualified products in over 35 categories, including
cooling equipment, windows,
lighting, and exit
signs. Use the energy-savings calculators to compare the annual savings of
an ENERGY STAR qualified model with a non-qualifying model.
in your area on certain ENERGY STAR qualified products.
developed for the commercial building sector, the following building performance
tools can be useful when developing large multifamily properties.
Management Strategy provides tools and resources to help each step of the
Purchasing: Develop an institutional purchasing policy to purchase efficient
products that reduce energy costs.
Flow Opportunity Calculator helps decision-makers answer three critical questions
about energy efficiency investments:
much new energy-efficient equipment can be purchased from the anticipated savings?
this equipment purchase be financed now, or is it better to wait and use cash
from a future budget?
money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate?
Expert Help: ENERGY STAR service and product providers can help identify,
prioritize, and implement quality projects that will improve your total energy
Use the Partner
Locator to find homebuilders that build ENERGY STAR qualified new homes, utilities
that offer special incentives to buyers and builders of ENERGY STAR qualified
new homes, and home energy raters that can verify the energy efficiency of a home.
Organizations that partner with ENERGY STAR will see increased
profits, satisfied customers, and environmental benefits. Learn