ENERGY STAR® Certified Home Features
Energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
ENERGY STAR builder partners offering advanced lighting
options knowthatyou expect high-quality design and
functionality. ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures and bulbs
are found in many shapes and sizes—giving you a wide
range of lighting choices to match the atmosphere you want
in your home. The attractive designs are complemented
by features such as quick starts and no humming; some
models include dimming or switching capabilities,
automatic daylight shut-off, and motion sensors. ENERGY
STAR qualified lighting also offers significant cost savings
and longer lifetimes when compared to standard products.
Cost Savings - On average, ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs
and fixtures use about 75 percent less energy than traditional
models. An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent
light bulb (CFL) that uses only 13 to 15 watts can replace
a 60-watt incandescent bulb and save more than $40 in
electricity costs over the bulb's lifetime.
Long Life - Qualified bulbs and fixtures last 10 to 50 times
longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs. This means
you won't have to worry about regularly replacing bulbs—
convenient for those hard-to-reach fixtures.
The lighting and appliances in your home come with two
price tags—the purchase price and the cost to operate
and maintain them. ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and
appliances meet strict energy efficiency guidelines
that deliver better performance, provide better quality,
and help reduce home operating costs through lower
monthly utility bills, while creating the style you are
looking for in a new home.
During construction, ENERGY STAR builder partners
often select efficient lighting and appliances to create
a complete energy-efficient package that meets EPA's
rigorous guidelines—a better approach to building a
better home.
High Quality —
qualified fixtures and
bulbs offer the same
amount of light,
measured in lumens,
as incandescent
or halogen lighting,
while providing a
true and natural
color without the
flicker, hum, or buzz
of their infamous
fluorescent predecessors.
Safety and Reliability - ENERGY STAR qualified light
bulbs must meet fire safety requirements, including UL
standards (Underwriters Laboratories). When compared
to incandescent lighting, ENERGY STAR qualified lighting
produces about 75 percent less heat and is much cooler
to the touch. All qualified lighting models are tested, must
meet strict specifications for energy efficiency and quality,
and come with at least a 2-year warranty.

Household appliances can account for nearly 20 percent of
energy use in an average house. That is why many ENERGY
STAR builder partners are helping buyers like you make
smart choices about the models they choose for their new
homes, which adds up to real savings in monthly utility
bills. A comprehensive package of ENERGY STAR qualified
appliances can reduce energy costs, but these models also
offer premium features and improved performance over
standard products.
Refrigerators - A new ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator
is 20 percent more energy efficient than the federal
minimum energy efficiency standard. Along with greater
efficiency, ENERGY STAR qualified models operate more
quietly. Redesigned doors provide better insulation to keep
food fresher and, often the doors are deeper, providing
more space for commonly used items.
Dishwashers - ENERGY STAR qualified models are about
10 percent more energy efficient than conventional units.
Their advanced technologies include more effective washing
action to reduce pre-rinsing, energy-efficient motors for
quieter operation, and sensors that determine the cycle
length and water temperature necessary to clean the dishes.
These "smart" features minimize water use, which helps
reduce the cost of heating water each time you run a cycle.
Clothes Washers - ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers
come in front-loading and top-loading models. Both use
over 50 percent less water and 30 percent less energy than
standard clothes washers—saving a typical household
about $50 peryear in energy costs. ENERGY STAR qualified
clothes washers incorporate high-quality features for
improved performance. Gentler operation, more thorough
rinsing, and the removal of more water in the spin cycle
make washing clothes easier and help protect fabrics from
fading and fraying.
Ceiling Fans - ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans move
air 50 percent more efficiently than conventional fans. This
means you'll use less energy to get the same amount of
cooling. Qualified ceiling fans with lights can save you even
more on energy bills over the life of the fan.
Ventilation Fans - ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation fans,
like those used in bathrooms, utility rooms, and above
cooking areas, use 70 percent less energy than standard
models. They also employ high-performance motors and
improved blade designs, so they make less noise when
operating and provide better performance.
An ENERGY STAR certified new home delivers better energy
efficiency and so much more. An ENERGY STAR certified
home is built better and built to last because the best, tried-
and-true, integrated construction practices are used from the
ground up. The result is better quality and durability, better
comfort, better systems, a better value for today, and a better
investment for tomorrow—plus a label backed by EPA. In
short, better is better.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency in 1992 as a market-based partnership
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy
efficiency. ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers
energy-efficient solutions to decrease energy consumption,
save money, and help protect the environment for future
generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR
partners, committed to improving energy efficiency in homes,
products, and businesses.
ENERGY STAR Certified Home Features
•	A Complete Thermal Enclosure System
•	A Complete Water Management System
•	A Complete Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling System
•	Efficient Lighting and Appliances
•	Independent Inspections and Testing
Ask your builder for more information.
Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency
guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,