Here’s some good news: The Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that it has reached a milestone in its Energy Star program by qualifying its 1 millionth Energy Star home. That adds up to a lot of savings—for homeowners and the environment. Since the Energy Star home program began in 1995, it has saved Americans $1.2 billion in energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22 billion pounds.
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To earn the Energy Star label, a home must meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines, which can be fulfilled through high-performance windows, efficient heating and cooling systems, high efficiency lighting and appliances, and more. The home must also be tested and inspected by an independent home energy rater to determine if it meets Energy Star efficiency standards.
More than 6,500 builders across the nation have constructed Energy Star homes in cities such as San Francisco, California; Austin, Texas; Las Vegas; Boston; Orlando, Florida; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Wondering what makes Energy Star homes so great? Check out Paul and Rabia Nagin’s energy-efficient home in New York and Chris Parlette’s solar-powered home in Berkeley, California.