You’ve probably seen the ENERGY STAR® logo popping up quite a bit during your home search, and you may know that to earn an ENERGY STAR certification, new homes must meet specific EPA efficiency guidelines. It can quickly become confusing, though, when trying to assess what the different guidelines and ratings mean to you as a home buyer.
Here is a run-down of some of the basics:
- ENERGY STAR Certified Home:
What is it? A home that incorporates efficiency features and has been rated by a certified Home Energy Rater. This third-party rater conducts a series of inspections to ensure that the home meets efficiency guidelines.
What does it mean for you? ENERGY STAR qualified homes are typically 20-30% more efficient than standard homes, more earth-friendly, and will save you money.
- ENERGY STAR Partner:
What is it? A builder that agrees to build at least one ENERGY STAR certified home per year.
What does it mean for you? ENERGY STAR partner builders not only care about the environment, but about your costs as a homeowner. Click here to find an ENERGY STAR builder.
- ENERGY STAR 3.0:
What is it? The latest generation of ENERGY STAR guidelines, required for all ENERGY STAR certified homes with permits dated after January 1, 2012.
What does it mean for you? More efficiency, better performance, and more savings on your utility bills!