ENERGY STAR for New Homes is an initiative to promote energy efficient home building backed by Natural Resources Canada and supported by progressive builders interested in offering a more energy efficient house to their customers.
Performance tested, third party verified and government backed – the ENERGY STAR for New Homes label is your assurance that your new home is built to exacting, energy efficient guidelines.
ENERGY STAR for New Homes mandate is really very simple: To stimulate the construction of better built, more energy efficient homes in Ontario, resulting in daily savings for homeowners and significant environmental benefits.
Imagine no energy bills for nearly 3 months!
When you look at the cost of owning a home, it’s much more than the purchase price that must be considered – there’s the mortgage, property taxes, upkeep and energy costs that all have to be factored in. In fact, energy costs rank as the second largest overall monthly expense. And while it is true that homeowners pay a small premium on the purchase price of an ENERGY STAR qualified home, it’s also true that the upgraded features pay for themselves (and more) with day-in and day-out energy savings of approximately 30%. And when you use 30% less... you pay for 30% less (which, if you think about it, is like getting almost 4 months of energy use FREE every year.)
A breath of fresh air
Thanks to reduced energy use, an ENERGY STAR qualified home is responsible for roughly 2-3 tonnes less global warming, greenhouse gases than a house built to the minimum Ontario Building Code and much less than older houses. That’s roughly equivalent to the emissions from and SUV commuting 25 km per day 5 days a week.* Smart home buyers are working with responsible home builders to help change the world.
And, when you think about it, it’s not just a smart decision – it’s an easy one too, you can do the right thing and save while you’re at it. Look for the ENERGY STAR for New Homes label!
ENERGY STAR for New Homes can be a vital contributor to the culture of conservation that is taking root in Ontario. If we can help ease demand for power, and find any way to reduce the need to burn more coal, or fire up more nuclear power plants, or buy expensive power from alternate sources – then… we all win.