The Skinny On Energy Star Homes

We receive lots of questions from clients about energy efficiency. A topic that often comes up is “ENERGY STAR” and what it means when a house is “ENERGY STAR certified”.

We have all heard about things that qualified as “ENERGY STAR” – usually it used when talking about appliances. But did you know that new homes can now be ENERGY STAR certified?

According to the ENERGY STAR website, “ENERGY STAR certified homes are independently verified to meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes save money on utility bills, provide a more comfortable living environment with better indoor air quality, and help protect the environment.

Everything in the home is examined when determining if it meets ENERGY STAR guidelines. The windows and walls are checked, the heating and cooling systems, the appliances and even lighting.

While the ENERGY STAR certification applies only to new home builds, we like to tell people to consider doing a home energy audit with Xcel Energy. It gives you ideas on how to make your home more efficient, ways to save on energy bills and help the environment. Click here for more information.