Shopping for a new home? Put efficiency on your checklist

The more efficient your home is, the lower your energy costs

With the New Home Construction program, incentives are available to builders and developers to include energy-efficiency measures in new homes. Be sure to request these in your new home to save energy and money for years to come.

Benefits beyond energy savings:

  • Lower cost of ownership
  • Better performance
  • Improved comfort
  • Higher resale value
  • Better air quality
  • Lower environmental impact

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Get answers about the program and energy‑efficient homes.

Here's what to look for in a new home:

  • High-performance windows
  • All-off switches and lighting controls
  • Properly insulated and inspected floors, walls and attics
  • Quality construction and duct sealing
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, including:
    • A furnace with a variable-speed motor
    • Central air conditioning with a SEER 15 rating
  • ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines
  • ENERGY STAR® certified light bulbs, light fixtures and ventilation fans

Look for an EnerGuide rating of 80-90

For newly built homes, an EnerGuide energy advisor will evaluate the upgrades and provide the builder or developer with an official report and EnerGuide rating. Aim for a rating of 80+ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.9 tons a year!

Levels of energy efficiency

New house built to Building Code Standards

New house some energy-efficiency improvements

Energy-efficient new house

Renewable technologies in new home design




Energy-efficiency target


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