New Home Efficiency

Ann Bailey, ENERGY STAR® chief for labeled products, presents SMECO’s Jennifer Raley with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for energy efficiency program delivery.

Your new home can meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency through SMECO’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program. Homes that meet the ENERGY STAR® guidelines that are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are at least 15% more energy-efficient than homes simply built to code. And they typically include energy-saving features that make them 20 to 30% more efficient than standard homes.

ENERGY STAR® Homes Energy-Efficient Features

  • Effective insulation
  • High-performance windows
  • Tight construction and ducts
  • Efficient heating and cooling equipment
  • Energy-efficient products
  • Third-party verification

These features help to improve home quality and comfort, reduce energy demand, and reduce air pollution.

For questions or more information about the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program, please call (877) 818-4094.

Improving Southern Maryland With Energy-Efficient Construction

For over a decade, SMECO has been partnering with home builders across southern Maryland to bring the latest energy efficiency standards to new homes for SMECO members. Since the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Program began, over 5,200 energy-efficient new homes have helped members save more than 12,400 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy.

According to Jennifer Raley, SMECO’s Energy and Technology Programs Manager, ENERGY STAR® homes offer increased comfort and lower energy costs for residents, and they help SMECO meet EmPOWER Maryland energy reduction targets.

“An ENERGY STAR® certified home helps our members save energy and money, and protects the environment by operating more efficiently,” says Raley. “Because building a new home can be stressful enough, SMECO has partnered with some of the top home builders in southern Maryland. ENERGY STAR® builders offer our members peace of mind knowing their new home is built to strict efficiency guidelines, so they use much less energy than a standard built home.”

Benefits of Building an ENERGY STAR® Home

ENERGY STAR certified water heaterNew homes offer many opportunities for customization inside and out. Exterior colors and landscaping can instantly enhance curb appeal, but the important choices you make inside can provide savings and comfort for years to come.

Energy-saving features like high-performance windows, effective insulation, and efficient heating and cooling equipment make ENERGY STAR® certified new homes 20 to 30% more efficient than standard homes. They deliver:

  • Better durability
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Consistent room temperatures
  • Reduced leaks and drafts
  • Lower energy costs
  • Peace of mind

Learn more about the features and benefits of building an ENERGY STAR certified new home on ENERGY STAR®’s website.

Regional Builder Provides a Decade of Energy Savings

Kitchen with ENERGY STAR certified appliancesBased in southern Maryland, Quality Built Homes has participated in SMECO’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Program since it began in 2010. The company contributed 15% of the total homes submitted to the program in 2019 — accounting for 30% of total energy savings. On average, each of those new homes offers 6.12 MWh of annual energy savings.

SMECO members who build with Quality Built Homes get:

  • Better insulation with 2 by 6 walls
  • Minimal air leakage
  • ENERGY STAR® certification at closing

Build an ENERGY STAR® home that will help you save.

For ENERGY STAR® Home Energy Raters

With the growing demand for home energy ratings in Southern Maryland, SMECO’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program could be a significant business opportunity for you.

How to Participate

Certified Home Energy Raters (HERS) are integral participants in SMECO’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program. To earn the ENERGY STAR® label and qualify for incentives, builders must work with a RESNET®-accredited rater who has been approved for SMECO’s program.

HERS Raters List

Contractor Address Contact
American Property Consultants, Inc. 5901 Hillside Road
P.O. Box 98
Saint Leonard, MD 20685
(410) 586-1234

Email American Property Consultants, Inc.

Building Performance Solutions, LLC. 8229 Boone Blvd, Suite 730
Vienna, VA 22182
(540) 683-6936

Email Building Performance Solutions, LLC.

EDGE Energy 7904 Foxhound Road
McLean, VA 22102
(888) 586-3343

Email EDGE Energy

Efficient Home, LLC. 3905 National Drive
Suite 105
Burtonsville, MD 20866
(301) 476-9144

Email Efficient Home, LLC.

Energy Services Group 986 Nabbs Creek Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
(302) 383-3000

Email Energy Services Group

Jay Hall & Associates 610 Beach Drive
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 263-3162

Email Jay Hall & Associates

Nation’s Capital Energy Solutions 4463 Beech Road
Suite 206
Temple Hills, MD 20748
(301) 423-8913

Email Nation’s Capital Energy Solutions

Pando Alliance 3525-K Ellicott Mills Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(240) 415-8877

Email Pando Alliance

PEG, LLC 11130 Fairfax Boulevard
Suite 206
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 934-2777

Email PEG, LLC

SkyeTec Inc. 4232 40th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 280-3745

Email SkyeTec Inc.

HERS Rater Application

To become an approved program rater, complete the HERS Rater Application.

Work with a Homebuilder

You will work with a homebuilder to make sure the builder’s house designs will be accepted in SMECO’s ENERGY STAR® program and the builder will qualify for financial incentives.

Home Registration System

Upon approval of your builder partner’s Homebuilder Application, a builder profile will be created in the Ekotrope home registration and submission portal. This will allow you to select your builder partner in the drop-down list in Ekotrope for homes ready for registration or submission. Login credentials will be provided to you to register and submit homes through Ekotrope. Homes that were modeled in energy modeling software other than Ekotrope must be imported and reviewed prior to submission.

Home Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for incentives, your clients’ homes must meet the following criteria:

  • Be separately metered
  • Have electrical service provided by SMECO
  • Be completed within 12 months of application submittal
  • Pass all required ENERGY STAR® inspections

Rater Resources

If you are not yet a RESNET-certified rater but wish to earn this accreditation, visit RESNET’s website to learn more.

For more information about qualifying new ENERGY STAR® homes, visit the ENERGY STAR® for Home Energy Raters webpage.


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