Buying a New Home
STAR is the gold star of energy efficiency. The
ENERGY STAR for New Homes pilot program in Ontario helps homeowners reduce
their energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of their home. Homes
that achieve the ENERGY STAR label have been independently verified to be at
least 40% more energy efficient than homes which are built to the minimum
building code standards for the province of Ontario. These savings are based
on the home’s heating and hot water use.
Simply put, there’s a direct link
between making smart energy wise choices and the amount of money you’ll save
on your energy bill. What’s more, using less energy is also good for the
environment. See? When you choose ENERGY STAR everyone, including Mother
The ENERGY STAR mark is administered
and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and is registered in
Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
EnerGuide for New Homes
Similar to the EnerGuide label for household
appliances, EnerGuide for New Homes is an energy efficiency rating
developed by Natural Resources Canada used to compare the energy
performance of similar-sized homes. The rating system determines the
amount of air leaving the home and provides an estimate of the energy
you can expect to use each year.
A new home with an EnerGuide rating will:
- Show you where energy dollars are being spent
- Compare the energy efficiency of homes when buying or selling
- Reduce your energy bills
There are many other opportunities available to
increase the energy performance and comfort of your home. Ask your
builder about energy upgrade packages that have money-saving features
you will want to include in your new home. For example, you could
purchase a package to add extra insulation in the attic or basement.
Your builder will be able to explain the available energy saving options
to fit your budget.