ENERGY STAR labeled homes offer more home, for less money than standard homes. ENERGY STAR labeled homes use reliable and established technologies and building practices to operate 30% more efficiently than homes built to the Model Energy Code. These technologies and practices save the owners of ENERGY STAR labeled homes money on their utility bills, while also providing a home that's more comfortable, more durable, good for the environment, and cheaper to own.
There's nothing new about the technologies and practices that bring these benefits to the owners of ENERGY STAR labeled homes. They've long been acknowledged as a recipe for quality construction. Tour the ENERGY STAR labeled home below, and learn more about its money-saving features.
To be labeled as ENERGY STAR, homes must undergo a third party evaluation of their energy efficiency. Only after the efficiency has been verified may the builder label a home ENERGY STAR. Upon receiving this written verification from a certified home energy rater, EPA will have the ENERGY STAR label affixed to the home's breaker box to acknowledge the home has attained ENERGY STAR standards. (from the Energy Star web site )
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ENERGY STAR was introduced by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products, in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy in 1996 to promote the ENERGY STAR label, with each agency taking responsibility for particular product categories. ENERGY STAR has expanded to cover new homes, most of the buildings sector, residential heating and cooling equipment, major appliances, office equipment, lighting, consumer electronics, and more product areas.