An Energy Star certified home is designed to be energy-efficient, which means it uses less energy than a typical home while still providing the same level of comfort and functionality. To be Energy Star certified, a home must meet specific guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Here are some of the requirements for a home to be Energy Star certified:
- Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems: The home must have an Energy Star certified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is properly installed and sized for the home.
- Insulation and Air Sealing: The home must be properly insulated and air-sealed to prevent heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.
- Energy-Efficient Windows: The home must have Energy Star certified windows that are properly installed and sealed to reduce energy loss.
- Energy-Efficient Lighting: The home must have Energy Star certified light fixtures and bulbs that use less energy and last longer than traditional lighting.
- Energy-Efficient Appliances: The home must have Energy Star certified appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, that use less energy than traditional appliances.
- Water Management: The home must have a water management system in place to reduce water usage and prevent water damage.
- Third-Party Verification: The home must be verified by a third-party Energy Star certified professional to ensure that it meets all of the Energy Star guidelines.
By meeting these requirements, a home can earn the Energy Star certification and be recognized as an energy-efficient home that is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the homeowner.