Get comfortable with your energy bill.

Energy efficiency is about more than the right appliances. Your house has to work with them.

For example, an ENERGY STAR®-certified furnace can't do its job well if heat is escaping through the windows.

A performance home is designed with building materials that keep conditioned air inside, where it belongs. So you're only using (and paying for) the energy your house needs.

The following components save energy in your home.

High-Performance Home
Standard Home
Air Barrier
Air Barriers
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • Control leakage, which can reduce energy use
Air Barrier
Air Barriers
STANDARD HOME
  • Uncontrolled air leakage wastes energy used to heat and cool
Insulation
Insulation
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • Improved thermal performance across the whole wall
Insulation
Insulation
STANDARD HOME
  • Uses a lot more material to save energy
Comfort Conditioning
HVAC equipment
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • Properly sized heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment are able to work more efficiently
Comfort Conditioning
HVAC equipment
STANDARD HOME
  • HVAC equipment has to work harder to compensate for air leakage
Energy Rating
Energy Rating
PERFORMANCE HOME
  • HERS-rated index score (the lower the score, the better)
Energy Rating
Energy Rating
STANDARD HOME
  • Most standard homes do not offer an energy rating
Certifications
Testing and certifications
PERFORMANCE HOME
Certifications
Testing and certifications
STANDARD HOME
  • Code-built homes don't go above and beyond to add value