Benefits for Homeowners

Energy-efficient building information

How Energy Efficient Construction Can Help You Save Money and Energy

Homes that participate in the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program are designed to use less energy than those built to local building codes. All homes that participate in the program are encouraged to seek ENERGY STAR® qualification.


Creating a Plan for Energy Efficient Construction for Your Home

Whether you are building a new home or adding on, the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program takes the guesswork out of energy efficient construction. Enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your home will meet energy efficiency guidelines.


Lower Home Ownership Cost

In total, the homes that were built through the program in 2016 will save more than 6.3 million kWh and more than 160,000 MMBtus each year. On average, homes that participate in the program save more than 900 kWh, and more than 37 MMBtus per year. These homeowners will benefit from lower energy usage compared to homes that were built to code.

These homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating—resulting in $200 to $400 in annual savings. Over the average seven to eight years you may live in your home, these savings add up to thousands of dollars off your utility bills.


Better Home Energy Performance

Energy efficient homes offer:

  • Consistent temperatures between and across rooms
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Better water management
  • Lower maintenance
  • Greater durability

Find out how energy efficient improvements and installations can help your home. LEARN MORE


Smart Home Buyers Partner With energy efficient Home Builders

Each year, hundreds of builders partner with the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program to build several thousand housing units.


Protect the Environment, and Save Energy and Money Too

Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in homes nationwide.

Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.


Benefits and Features of an ENERGY STAR Home