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.
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.
- Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Green Building Design in HUD Section 202 and 811 Programs
- Public Housing Environmental & Conservation Clearinghouse
- Building ENERGY STAR Homes in HUD’s HOME Program
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.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy.
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.
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.
- Case Studies
- NeighborWorks Toledo—Cherry Legacy Project (PDF, 808KB)
- Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County Hope Village (PDF, 638KB)
- Tools and Resources Applicable to Affordable Housing and Low-income Housing Communities (PDF, 918KB)
- Utility Strategies White Paper (PDF, 168KB)
- ENERGY STAR for Rural Electric Cooperatives Fact Sheet (PDF, 935KB)
- Strategy Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Governments