What's in it for the homeowner?

Energy Star Homes - leafFeeling good about the environment and doing all we can to look after the planet only makes good sense. So the environmental benefits of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes initiative is a big story. But it’s not the only story - when you’re out looking for a new home, you’re looking for the right location, the right size, comfort, construction quality and design, and all that... at the right price.

And in all those areas, ENERGY STAR qualified new homes excel!

Peace of mind – just look for the blue label

It’s the biggest investment of your life and more than that, it’s the castle from which you protect and provide for all your family’s needs. You may not need to know every technical detail of energy-efficient construction to appreciate that the ENERGY STAR label is a government backed initiative and really does deliver all the efficiency, comfort and financial benefits you’re interested in. And if that sounds a bit like a dream-come-true-home... then you should go directly to the find a builder section and start hunting!

Would you be willing to pay less?

From day one, with an ENERGY STAR qualified home, homeowners are saving money. Compared with standard homes, built to the minimum Ontario Building Code, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, hot water, lighting and appliances - you can expect to save approximately 25%* on your energy costs every month.

Quieter. Warmer. Cooler. Fresher.

By the nature of the advanced construction techniques employed, ENERGY STAR qualified homes are more comfortable in almost every way. In the winter they’re warmer; in the summer cooler; they’re quieter and draft free all year long. And, thanks to better ventilation, the environment is fresher and healthier.

Smart Money

As energy costs continue to soar, homes that fight back by reducing energy consumption will be prized. There are currently almost 200 builders across Ontario – including some of Canada’s largest builders – who have partnered with EnerQuality to construct ENERGY STAR qualified homes. By the end of the decade, more than 50,000 homes are expected to have earned the ENERGY STAR for New Homes label. The trend is clear and there is no question, energy efficiency is a great investment and a smart buy!

Save the world?

Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 17% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are generated from the energy consumed in the home. And the energy used in the home comes from burning fossil fuels, which cause global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less toll our planet has to pay. And ENERGY STAR qualified homes are responsible for 2-3 tonnes less greenhouse gas emissions!