City of Topeka Department of Housing & Neighborhood Development
ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence
The City of Topeka Department of Housing & Neighborhood Development is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its commitment to promoting and providing energy-efficient affordable housing to low-income families. Topeka continues to implement a comprehensive plan to build and promote ENERGY STAR qualified homes for low-income families and serve as an example for what other small- to moderate-sized cities can achieve. Key 2009 achievements include:
Increasing the number of ENERGY STAR qualified affordable housing units for low-income families by constructing 23 in 2009 for a total of 38 since 2007.
Declaring October "ENERGY STAR Awareness Month" during a live television broadcast with the Mayor of Topeka and announcing the city's 2nd Annual ENERGY STAR Expo.
Producing two videos, which were broadcast on local networks, showcasing the early construction and finished product of Topeka's newest ENERGY STAR qualified homes.
Demonstrating the value of ENERGY STAR by continuing its study to compare the utility costs of ENERGY STAR qualified and non-qualified homes, which found that ENERGY STAR qualified homes use 52 percent less energy and save homeowners 42 percent on utility bills.