The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a milestone for its Energy Star program by passing the 1 millionth Energy Star-qualified home mark. The program has more than 15,000 partners in sectors all across the economy, EPA reports, and has been successful at saving consumers money by reducing the energy usage of products used in the home and office.
Since the program began labeling new homes in 1995, according to the EPA, Americans have saved $1.2 billion on energy bills, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22 billion pounds. “This is an amazing achievement for the Energy Star program – but the real winners are the 1 million American families who have the chance to save money and keep harmful pollution out of the air,” stated EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in the announcement.
To earn the Energy Star label, a home must meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by EPA. Those guidelines can be met through established, reliable building techniques available to most middle-class American homeowners, including
- effective insulation systems
- high-performance windows
- tight construction and ducts
- efficient heating and cooling equipment
- high-efficiency lighting and appliances.
Top Energy Star CitiesMore than 6,500 builders build homes that earn the Energy Star label. Qualified new homes can be found in every state in the country. The top 20 markets for Energy Star qualified homes built to date include: Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Greater Los Angeles, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Tucson, Ariz.; San Antonio, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Indianapolis, Ind.; Austin, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Francisco, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Denver, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; and Oklahoma City, Okla.
For more information about the features and benefits of Energy Star-qualified homes and participating builders visit www.energystar.gov/onemillionhomes.
Source: U.S. EPA