More homes earn ENERGY STAR® rating

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the number of homes meeting its ENERGY STAR standards in 2006 exceeded 12 percent in 15 states. The 15 states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Vermont.

Nearly 200,000 homes in the U.S. earned the ENERGY STAR rating in 2006, bringing the total number of ENERGY STAR-rated homes to about 750,000. These homes are estimated to have saved their owners $180 million by saving more than 1 billion kWh of electricity and 100 million therms of natural gas.

Homes that earn ENERGY STAR ratings must be independently verified as meeting EPA's energy-efficiency guidelines. These homes are at least 15 percent more energy-efficient than homes built to meet the 2004 International Residential Code and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes.