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Energy Efficient Living

As the country's demand for energy grows, so does the need for energy efficiency. If you adopt such behaviors and technologies, you can reduce energy consumption, and save money at the same time.

What Makes a Home Energy Efficient?

chart showing the average energy use in a home

One way homes can become energy efficient is through the EnergyStar® certified homes program. Homes in this program are built to meet strict energy efficient standards set by the EPA. EnergyStar® certified homes are at least 30 percent more energy efficient than those structures built to the 1993 national model energy code.

This certification is achieved through a combination of energy efficient heating, cooling, hot water use, energy efficient appliances, and lighting. The benefits of an EnergyStar® certified home are improved home quality and homeowner comfort, lower environmental demand, air pollution reduction, and lower utility costs.

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