How a Home Qualifies As an Energy Star Home

How a Home Qualifies As an Energy Star Home


To qualify as an Energy Star home, you are required to apply to home energy audit professionals who will visit you to review your construction plans and determine the most cost-effective upgrades that your home qualifies for. The outcome of this inspection will recommend what you need to do to bring it to a compliance level with the Energy Star criteria.

Features of Energy Star Homes

  • If you are planning to build or buy a house, energy efficiency should be among the first factors that you consider. You will be contributing greatly to reducing the risks of acid rain, smog and global warming because you will use the less energy, and thus generate less air pollution.

  • Manufactured, three stories or fewer homes, concrete and even retrofitted homes can earn the Energy Start label after being verified to meet the EPA's guidelines.

  • EPA features contribute to improved comfort, lower energy demand and reduced air pollution. These features include effective insulation, high-performance windows, heating and cooling system. Others include Energy Star qualified products such as lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, sealing holes and cracks.

  • Once the rates verify that your home meets these measures, you will earn the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, the blue Energy Star mark.

Benefits of Energy Star Home

  • Peace of Mind - This will come from knowing that your energy bills are controlled by the energy-saving appliances and you are able to adduce the confidence of an energy compliant homeowner.

  • Lower Ownership Cost - Energy Star labelled homes are 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. They save the owner a substantial amount in utility bills. Maintenance costs are also lower.

  • Better Performance - A properly insulated and sealed home improves energy consumption by up to 20% per year. Such homes provide better protection against cold, moisture; pollution and the insulation materials also qualify for 30% energy-efficiency federal tax credit.

  • Smart Investment - The Energy Start label will in a future feature in homes should you need to dispose of that home. This label gives you an advantage when it comes to selling the home because buyers will look for homes that meet the EPA guidelines and thus qualify for the Energy Star mark.

  • Reduced pollution - Homes fitted with these appliances emit less gas and thus contribute less to air pollution. This lowers the risk of global warming and acid rain.

The bottom line about Energy Star homes is these homes are 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. If you are a new home buyer today, make energy-efficiency an important concern you will not only protect the environment, but you will also enjoy lower utility bills and have a comfortable lifestyle.


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