Home Buyers

A Dream Home Is an Energy-Efficient Home

These thoughtfully designed houses are more comfortable, enjoy lower energy costs, and provide peace of mind, knowing you’re protecting the health of your family and your community. With so many buyers prioritizing energy efficiency, it could also help with resale value.

How Efficient Can You Get?

Homes that meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines are at least 15% more energy efficient than standard homes—and typically include energy-saving features that make them 20% to 30% more efficient.

What Makes a Home an ENERGY STAR Home?

ENERGY STAR appliances are a great start, but an ENERGY STAR home is much more than that. It also includes features that improve home comfort, while lowering energy demand and reducing air pollution, including:

  • Effective insulation
  • High-performance windows
  • Tight construction and ducts
  • Efficient heating and cooling equipment

Major Benefits

Find an ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder

Choosing the right builder is key. Learn more to find one that fits your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does an ENERGY STAR home cost more?

It doesn’t have to cost more than one built only to code. Price is determined by your builder’s construction practice and prices. Even if the initial cost is higher, the monthly utility savings can be greater than higher monthly mortgage payments, which can help with monthly cash flow.

How do I find out if my current home is ENERGY STAR rated?

Look for a blue ENERGY STAR label on your circuit breaker box or anywhere in your utility room. If you don’t see one, contact the builder and ask for documentation, either with an ENERGY STAR certificate or a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) report.


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