Why ENERGY STAR?
Lower utility bills:
For buildings with master metering, reduce
your operating costs by improving energy efficiency; reduce energy bills for homeowners
New HVAC systems, advanced controls
and efficient lighting reduce maintenance demands.
Reduce tenant turnover:
Improve the comfort of building residents through better energy management.
Improve the marketability of rental units by using energy-efficient
products and practices.
information on ENERGY STAR qualified products in over 35 categories, including
cooling equipment, windows,
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.
STAR offers a wide range of home improvement tools to help you assess and improve
the efficiency of a single-family home.
developed for the commercial building sector, the following building performance
tools can be useful to maintenance and engineering staff in multifamily buildings.
Management Strategy provides tools and resources to help each step of the
Building Upgrade Manual will help you plan and implement profitable energy-saving
building upgrades. Maximize energy savings by sequentially following building
upgrade stages 1- 5: recommissioning, lighting, load reductions, fan systems,
and heating and cooling systems.
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?
Should this equipment purchase be financed now, or is it better to wait and use
cash from a future budget?
Is 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
you are investing in a new rental property, consider an ENERGY STAR qualified
new homes. These 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.
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.
an ENERGY STAR Qualified Home
STAR mortgages can help a homebuyer qualify for larger loans at their current
income level. ENERGY STAR mortgages allow lenders to increase their loan amount
by factoring in the home's estimated monthly utility savings. This means the homebuyer
can purchase a larger house or extra options.
Use the Partner
Locator to find home builders that build ENERGY STAR qualified new homes,
lenders that offer ENERGY STAR mortgages, 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.