What makes a home ENERGY STAR?
Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR are significantly more energy efficient than standard homes. ENERGY STAR builders achieve this high efficiency for you by selecting from a variety of features:
TIGHT CONSTRUCTION AND DUCTS
Advanced techniques for sealing holes and cracks in the home’s“envelope” and in heating and cooling ducts help reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while lowering utility and maintenance costs.
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, while using less energy. The result is lower utility costs and a quieter, more comfortable home.
ENERGY STAR Qualified
Homes Home Owner Benefits
Look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Find the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it also meets rigorous energy efficiency guidelines set by EPA and verified by an independent Home Energy Rater.
LOWER OWNERSHIP COSTS
Compared with standard construction, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating.
EFFICIENT HEATING AND
An energy-efficient, properly installed heating and cooling system uses less energy to operate, which reduces your utility bills. This system can also be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of your home.
HIGH PERFORMANCE WINDOWS
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frame assemblies, to help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer.
These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
While it’s easy to claim that homes are energy efficient, ENERGY STAR builder partners back that up with verification by an independent Home Energy Rater. The Rater conducts onsite inspections and testing to verify the performance of the energy efficiency features in your home.
Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pests, pollution, and noise. An ENERGY STAR qualified home helps ensure consistent temperatures between rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.
Choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR certification, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.