Energy Star

Energy Star LogoENERGY 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 Nature, wins.

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.