Ready to start new construction or a complete gut rehab? We can help!

Saving money now and in the future has never been so easy with the ENERGY STAR Homes Program. Your utility partner will help guide you along each step for a savings of up to $4,000 and a home that uses 15–30 percent less energy than typical new homes.

If you are building a new home or doing a complete gut rehab that will receive electric or gas service from Eversource, Liberty, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative or Unitil, you could be eligible.

“You’re doing a disservice to your customer in the long run if you are not in the program. When it comes to re-sale, you will be competing with homes that are far superior if they are in the program and you’re not. That’s a big part of why we’re building that way.”

—Matt Silva, Profile Homes of Portsmouth

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Interested in the ENERGY STAR Homes® Program? Contact your utility partner to discuss the program further.

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Best Practices, Experienced Support

Tried-and-true best building practices followed by independent inspections and testing from certified professionals mean that you can be confident that things were done right.

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.

  • Step 1: How We Help. We make saving money stress-free.

    As you enter the planning stages of construction, we’ll work with you to find the program that gives you the most benefits. Our impact is immediate, as we initiate the process and stay with you throughout the program’s life to make sure the necessary paperwork is completed and the maximum rebates are attained.

    Did you know that additional testing (blower test/duct leakage test) is required for all new homes? We will offset the cost of those tests!

    Here are the utility program administrators who you will be working with depending on where you receive your electric or gas service.

    Michael Loughlin

    Horizon Residential

    New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
    Kurt Campbell

    Ben Stephenson

  • Step 2: Find a Program. What ENERGY STAR® program is right for you?

    There are three ENERGY STAR programs that will help your home reach its full potential for savings and energy efficiency. Choose the one that is right for you.


    • ENERGY STAR 3.1 (homes built to exceed 2012 International Energy Conservation Code)
    • Drive to ENERGY STAR Code Plus Initiative (exceeds current code, but does not meet ENERGY STAR certification)
    • Net Zero Challenge (certification as an ENERGY STAR 3.1 Home is a prerequisite)

    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
    • We will work with you to ensure that your home earns the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification, including having a required third-party verification by a certified Home Energy Rater. 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.
  • Step 3: Enroll! The ideal time to apply is before constructions starts.

    New construction rebates require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, so applications must be submitted before the home has drywall installed. This is where your utility program administrators can really help you along in the process.

    If you are ready to enroll in a program, fill out the form. If you need more information, please contact your utility administrator.

  • Step 4: Working with HERS. We make sure you’re covered.

    To ensure that your home earns ENERGY STAR certification, thirdparty verification by a certified Home Energy Rater is required. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index tells you how efficiently your new home will operate.

    The HERS Rater works closely with homeowners and builders throughout the construction process to help determine the necessary energy-saving equipment and construction techniques.

    Your utility program administrator will assign a HERS Rater to your project. The HERS Rater will contact you and:

    • Request building plans
    • Review your plans with you and your team
    • Explain the program and discuss how to maximize the use of energy-efficient technologies that make sense for your home and your goals.

    The HERS Rater will also explain the benefitsincluding rebates- and the steps to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

    Our HERS Rater partners include:

    Advanced Building Analysis
    Gail Brown
    2 Woodlawn Street
    Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913

    Building Alternatives
    Bob Tortorice
    15 Nature Drive
    Franconia, New Hampshire 03580

    GDS Associates
    Bruce Bennett
    1181 Elm Street, Suite 205
    Manchester, New Hampshire 03101

    Energy Code Advisors
    Steve Roy
    370 Calef Road, Suite 1
    Manchester, New Hampshire 03103

    Michelle Sopher
    38 Grove Road
    Rye, New Hampshire 03870

  • Step 5: Build Your Home. Your HERS Rater will keep you on track.

    Your HERS Rater will conduct at least two onsite inspections. You will be responsible for contacting and scheduling these inspections with the HERS Rater.

    Mid-point insulation inspection: HERS Rater will need to inspect 100% of the insulation prior to any drywall being installed.

    Final inspection: HERS Rater will conduct the final inspection when the house is in move-in condition. This inspection will include a blower door test to measure air tightness and a duct leakage test to measure air flow through the ducts. The Rater will also collect all model numbers off heating and cooling equipment, appliances and lighting fixtures. The test results, along with information from the plan review, help determine your home’s final HERS Index score.

  • Step 6: Receive Your Rebate. Get rewarded for your work.

    When your home is completed and the final HERS Index score has been calculated, your HERS Rater will submit the completed Home Energy Report to the utility program administrator. Once the program administrator reviews and approves, a rebate check will be sent.

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Leading the way to Energy Efficiency

More than 700 Homes in New Hampshire Took Advantage in 2019. Why Not You?

  • What is the ENERGY STAR Homes Program? A way to build better homes.

    The ENERGY STAR Homes Program is a program run jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to help consumers and business owners reduce energy costs and protect the environment through the installation of certified energy-efficient products.

    ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, helping us all save energy, save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR label was established to eliminate the need for additional power generation plants, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features and comfort.

    The ENERGY STAR Homes program is for new construction and major renovations that are 15 to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes. In order to earn certification, homes must reach a level of performance regarding insulation, windows, heating and cooling equipment, air-tight construction, lighting, appliances and water protection systems. Third-party verification from a certified Home Energy Rater is required to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

  • What is the Net Zero Home Competition? Are you ready to up your game?

    This design-and-build competition awards contractors for building energy-efficient, net-zero-energy single- and multi-family homes. First prize is $5,000, with second and third place winning $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Homes must earn the ENERGY STAR label, be completed and in move-in condition and be located within the service territory of Eversource, Liberty, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative or Unitil. Homes will be inspected during construction and at completion.

“I wanted a mold-free home, but I also wanted to be a driving force to reduce my carbon footprint and to show some leadership to our children that it is very important to reduce our energy usage.”

—Janet Taft, winner of 2018 Drive to Net Zero Competition

Rebate Structure

Incentives—Single- and Multi-Family HomesENERGY STAR 3.1Drive To ENERGY STAR
Base HERS Rebate$1,500$500$500$250
HERS Point Incentive+$100/point+$50/point+$50/point+$50/point
ENERGY STAR Refrigerators$25$25$25$25
ENERGY STAR Clothes Washers$25$25$25$25
ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryers$25$25$25$25
ENERGY STAR Light Fixtures$25$25$25$25
Maximum Rebate$4,000$1,000$1,000$500
Energy-Efficient Lighting (Screw-in LEDS)18 free per dwelling unit18 free per dwelling unit18 free per dwelling unit18 free per dwelling unit
HERS Rating and All TestingFreeFreeFreeFree

Drive to Net Zero Competition

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