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States With Most Energy Star Certified Homes

States With Most Energy Star Certified Homes

The Energy Star symbol, commonly found on home appliances, is familiar to many. The program behind it was created by the Environmental Protection Agen

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The Energy Star symbol, commonly found on home appliances, is familiar to many. The program behind it was created by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 to provide consumers a standardized measure of energy efficiency. But Energy Star is not only about air-conditioners; it includes partnerships with industry that extend to promoting energy efficiency in commercial buildings, industrial plants and homes. To date, it has helped reduce greenhouse gas by more than 3.5 billion metric tons, about what 750 million cars would produce in a year. In 2018 the program reduced energy costs to Americans by $35 billion.

If you want your home to function in a way that serves the environment (and saves you money), this week’s chart may be of interest. It’s drawn from the latest annual report (2019) examining the share of new single-family homes built achieving Energy Star certification in the 50 states and the Washington, D.C.

In 2019, 73,445 such homes were built in the U.S. — though not a single one in North Dakota, Montana or Alaska (Hawaii managed a single house). Arizona had the highest share, 54 percent, or 18,224 homes. Besides Arizona, only Maryland and the District of Columbia surpassed a 25 percent share of new homes meeting certification standards.

To achieve Energy Star certification — which can come with tax credits for builders and homeowners — a new home must do more than just use certain appliances. It must be built, tested and inspected to meet strict E.P.A. guidelines for heating, ventilation, cooling, water management and insulation. Certified homes built in 2019 saved over $20.3 million in electric bills and reduced CO2 emissions by 107,303 metric tons, the equivalent of 23,209 cars, 249,713 barrels of oil, or the CO2 captured by 1.77 million trees grown from seedlings for 10 years.





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Highest Share of

Energy Star Certified Homes

Energy Star

Certified homes

Market

share

Arizona

Maryland

Washington, D.C.

Nevada

Texas

Delaware

New Jersey

Colorado

New Hampshire

North Carolina

18,224

5,275

55

2,725

17,663

750

1,513

3,162

304

5,180

54

44

33

21

14

14

13

13

11

10

Lowest Share of

Energy Star Certified Homes

Energy Star

Certified homes

Market

share

Vermont

West Virginia

Maine

Wyoming

Arkansas

Rhode Island

Hawaii

Alaska

Montana

North Dakota

1

7

7

5

5

3

3

1

0

0

0

Highest Share of

Energy Star Certified Homes

Lowest Share of

Energy Star Certified Homes

Energy Star

Certified homes

Market

share

Energy Star

Certified homes

Market

share

Arizona

Maryland

Washington, D.C.

Nevada

Texas

Delaware

New Jersey

Colorado

New Hampshire

North Carolina

18,224

5,275

55

2,725

17,663

750

1,513

3,162

304

5,180

54

44

33

21

14

14

13

13

11

10

Vermont

West Virginia

Maine

Wyoming

Arkansas

Rhode Island

Hawaii

Alaska

Montana

North Dakota

7

7

5

5

3

3

1

0

0

0

1


Source: Energystar.gov

By The New York Times

Source: | This article originally belongs to Nytimes.com

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