Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (HFHMD) believes that everyone everywhere deserves a decent place to live and empowers lower-income families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. HFHMD is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its commitment to building ENERGY STAR qualified homes and providing lower-income families with a more energy-efficient, affordable home. Key accomplishments include:
· Constructing 32 new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR in 2010, providing affordable, energy efficient housing to more than 120 adults and children; HFHMD has built nearly 275 ENERGY STAR qualified new homes since 1997.
· Installing products that have earned the ENERGY STAR, such as refrigerators, clothes washers, and CFLs.
· Educating partner families during a detailed walk-through of their home about the value of energy efficiency, how to control energy costs, and the importance of regular maintenance.
· Lowering average monthly utility bills an estimated 30 to 40 percent compared to non-ENERGY STAR qualified homes.