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...
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