City of Topeka, Housing & Neighborhood Development

Topeka, Kansas


ENERGY STAR Excellence Awards - Affordable Housing

City of Topeka, Housing & Neighborhood Development

The City of Topeka, Housing & Neighborhood Development is being recognized for its comprehensive approach to promoting energy efficiency in affordable housing. Topeka serves as a model for other cities, both small and large, looking to implement policy changes that will improve energy efficiency in affordable housing. Major accomplishments include:

         Constructing ENERGY STAR qualified homes that are both accessible and affordable, and requiring that all housing funded by the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development be ENERGY STAR qualified.

         Conducting a study to compare the utility costs of ENERGY STAR qualified and non-ENERGY STAR qualified homes, which found that ENERGY STAR qualified homes use 57% less electricity and save homeowners 45% on electricity bills.

         Proclaiming October ENERGY STAR Awareness Month as designated by the Mayor of Topeka.

         Conducting public outreach and education activities on energy efficiency.

         Providing contractor education about energy efficiency measures.

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