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City of Topeka Department of Housing & Neighborhood Development

Topeka, Kansas

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.