SMECO’s ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Program

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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 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. ENERY 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:

New 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 20–30% 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.

Regional Builder Provides a Decade of Energy Savings:


Based 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 2x6 walls
  • Minimal air leakage
  • ENERGY STAR certification at closing

Build an ENERGY STAR home that will help you save.

“My family has really appreciated our ENERGY STAR new home built by Quality Built Homes. Given our new home is smaller than our previous one, we assumed the electric bill would be lower. However, we were pleasantly surprised at how much lower, thanks to features like LED lights and energy-efficient appliances.”

–Sean P., Owings, Md.

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