Affordable Housing & Low-income Housing Communities

From individual measures to whole-house improvements, ENERGY STAR® offers proven, turn-key solutions that can be implemented by affordable housing stakeholders to improve energy efficiency. Greater energy efficiency helps improve resident comfort, reduce operating costs, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Helpful Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD provides several resources dedicated to reducing energy consumption in HUD-funded and HUD-insured housing.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
DOE leverages its network of research and industry partners to develop innovative, cost-effective, and energy-saving solutions for homes and buildings.

Enterprise Green Communities
Enterprise has incorporated ENERGY STAR certified home requirements into the energy efficiency component of its Green Communities criteria.

LEED for Homes
LEED has incorporated ENERGY STAR requirements into its certification program for homes.

DSIRE
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy.

Efficient Product Resources

Product Procurement Tools

ENERGY STAR Certified Products
Information about, and tools for, finding products in more than 70 product categories that have earned ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR Product Finder
Provides consumer access to information about ENERGY STAR certified products by brand, model number and product features.

Quantity Quotes Bulk Purchasing Tool
An online tool for requesting direct supplier quotes for bulk purchases of ENERGY STAR and WaterSense certified products.

ENERGY STAR Purchasing and Procurement Template
Outlined steps and a sample letter to make an official commitment on behalf of an organization to purchase ENERGY STAR certified products.

Incentive Locator Tools

ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder
A searchable tool for identifying special offers such as sales tax exemptions, credits, or rebates available from ENERGY STAR partners

Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency
Information about available federal tax credits for consumer energy efficiency measures.

Related EPA Programs

EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program
Indoor airPLUS labeled homes are designed and built to help protect families from indoor air pollution.

EPA’s WaterSense® Program
WaterSense promotes water-efficient products as well as WaterSense labeled homes.

Renewable Energy Ready Homes (RERH)
RERH specifications educate builders on how to assess and equip new homes with a set of features that make it easier and less expensive for homeowners to install solar energy systems after the home is constructed.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to use green power to reduce the environmental impact of electricity use. Benefits of partnership include access to expert advice, tools and resources, and public recognition opportunities.

EPA’s Smart Growth Program
Tools, research, partnerships, grants, and technical assistance that help communities grow more sustainably.

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments.