Why ENERGY STAR?
Improve indoor environment:
Eliminate drafts and reduce health risks
from mold, dust mites, radon and other pollutants by air sealing the home and
ensuring adequate ventilation. An efficient HVAC system will stabilize the indoor
temperature and humidity level.
Lower utility bills:
utility bills for owners and renters.
HVAC systems, advanced controls and efficient lighting reduce maintenance demands.
information on ENERGY STAR qualified products in over 35 categories, including
and cooling equipment, lighting,
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 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.
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.
following home improvement tools will help you assess the opportunities for energy
savings in single-family housing.
Energy Advisor - provides a list of recommended improvements and estimated
Doctor - provides remedies for common house symptoms. |
Remodeler - provides advice on home remodeling projects. |
Sealing - helps you reduce energy losses by adding insulation and sealing
air leaks and replacing windows. |
developed for the commercial building sector, the following building performance
tools can be useful to maintenance and engineering staff.
Management Strategy provides tools and resources to help each step of the
Upgrade Manual will help you plan and implement profitable energy-saving building
upgrades. You can 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?
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?
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