What’s different about an ENERGY STAR Home?

To earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification, your home must meet guidelines that will make it 15-30 percent more efficient than a standard, code-built home. Homes achieve this level of performance through a combination of energy efficient improvements including:

  • Air tight construction
  • Effective insulation
  • High performance windows
  • High efficiency heating and cooling equipment installed by a certified HVAC contractor
  • Well-insulated and sealed heating and cooling ducts
  • ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances
  • Water Protection Systems to improve indoor air quality and durability
  • Third-party testing and verification for superior energy performance
    • To ensure that your home earns the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification, third-party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater is required. The Rater will work closely with you and the builder throughout the construction process to help determine the necessary energy saving equipment and construction techniques.

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ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award

Drive To ENERGY STAR Incentives (Code Plus)
CERTIFICATION FEES Your utility sponsor directly pays the ENERGY STAR contractor for all technical services and project support needed to guide your project through the program. Up to $1300 per home
ENERGY STAR PRODUCTS ENERGY STAR Lighting

  • 18 Maximum free LED’s installed
  • $25 for each ENERGY STAR light fixture
ENERGY STAR Appliance

  • $25 for each qualified ENERGY STAR refrigerator, clothes washer, clothes dryers
Efficient Gas HVAC

  • Assistance with GasNetworks program to earn rebates for gas HVAC equipment
BUILDING PERFORMANCE Home must meet or exceed HERS Index Target (SAF Adjusted) Single Family/Townhouse

  • $500 for meeting the HERS target index
  • $50 for each point below
Multifamily >5 units

Not Applicable

MAXIMUM INCENTIVES Rebates subject to change $1000 per single home plus certification fees
2018 Incentive Structure
ENERGY STAR 3.1 Incentives 
CERTIFICATION FEES Your utility sponsor directly pays the ENERGY STAR contractor for all technical services and project support needed to guide your project through the program. Up to $1300 per home
ENERGY STAR PRODUCTS ENERGY STAR Lighting

  • 18 Maximum free LED’s installed
  • $25 for each ENERGY STAR light fixture
ENERGY STAR Appliance

  • $25 for each qualified ENERGY STAR refrigerator, clothes washer, clothes dryers
Efficient Gas HVAC

  • Assistance with GasNetworks program to earn rebates for gas HVAC equipment
BUILDING PERFORMANCE Home must meet or exceed HERS Index Target (SAF Adjusted) Single Family/Townhouse

  • $1500 for meeting the HERS target index
  • $100 for each point below
Multifamily >5 units

  • $500 for meeting the HERS target index
  • $50 for each point below
MAXIMUM INCENTIVES Rebates subject to change $4000 per single home plus certification fees $1000 per unit plus certification fees
ENERGY STAR 3.0 Incentives 
CERTIFICATION FEES Your utility sponsor directly pays the ENERGY STAR contractor for all technical services and project support needed to guide your project through the program. Up to $1300 per home
ENERGY STAR PRODUCTS ENERGY STAR Lighting

  • 18 Maximum free LED’s installed
  • $25 for each ENERGY STAR light fixture
ENERGY STAR Appliance

  • $25 for each qualified ENERGY STAR refrigerator, clothes washer, clothes dryers
Efficient Gas HVAC

  • Assistance with GasNetworks program to earn rebates for gas HVAC equipment
BUILDING PERFORMANCE Home must meet or exceed HERS Index Target (SAF Adjusted) Single Family/Townhouse

  • $1000 for meeting the HERS target index
  • $50 for each point below
Multifamily >5 units

  • $250 for meeting the HERS target index
  • $50 for each point below
MAXIMUM INCENTIVES Rebates subject to change $4000 per single home plus certification fees $1000 per unit plus certification fees

Enrollment Form

Download the ENERGY STAR Homes Program Enrollment Form

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