More Homes Receiving the Energy Star Label

The energy-efficiency program certified 17 percent of new homes built in the United States last year.

| July 8, 2009

  • New home
    More than 100,000 Energy Star-certified homes were built in the United States in 2008. The nation’s now 940,000 Energy Star-certified homes save more than $250 million on utility bills annually.
    GEIRARNE/FLICKR

  • New home

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported last week that nearly 17 percent of all single-family homes built in the United States in 2008 earned the Energy Star label, up from 12 percent in 2007.

Home builders and home buyers are continuing to invest in high-performing homes that save consumers money on their utility bills and help protect the environment. Market share for Energy Star-qualified homes was 20 percent or greater in 15 states in 2008, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Vermont.

To earn the Energy Star label, homes must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the EPA. Typically these include energy-saving features such as effective insulation, high-performance windows, airtight living spaces and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and Energy Star-qualified lights and appliances. See the list of features of Energy Star-qualified homes.

Nearly 940,000 Energy Star-qualified homes have been built to date, including more than 100,000 constructed in 2008. In 2008 alone, U.S. families living in Energy Star-qualified homes locked in annual utility bill savings of more than $250 million, avoiding the use of more than 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 155 million therms of natural gas. See a state-by-state breakdown of Energy Star-qualified homes.



The Energy Star program is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA.






Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE






Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters