Adding High Efficiency to Dream Homes Recovery efforts took place throughout Houston as people returned to assess the damage to their homes, businesses and lives. But with flooded roads causing commutes of over two hours and neighborhoods littered with debris as residents mucked out their homes, the road to normalcy was daunting. To support those faced with rebuilding their homes, CenterPoint Energy donated funds and professional resources to programs like Greater Houston Builders Association's BuildAid. And with the increased demand for newly constructed homes, we rose to the challenge, working with our CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes® building partners to ensure each new home exceeds energy efficiency building code — including tight exterior construction, high-performance windows, insulation and HVAC systems. With each new home, a stronger sense of community is built. Learn More High-Performance Features CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes® offer more efficient cooling, natural gas heating and water heating, R-38 attic insulation, LED lighting, high-efficiency windows and more. Measurable Cost Savings The savings add up quickly. In fact, the energy performance achieved by our building partner J. Patrick Homes saved a yearly average of 5 to 20 percent per home in 2017, compared to other homes built to Texas code. Long-Term Confidence As a proud ENERGY STAR® partner, CenterPoint Energy is the longest-running utility to be named Partner of the Year. Our builders are also leaders in energy efficiency, ensuring that your new home will provide higher performance and savings for years to come. How It Works CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes® have best-in-class energy-saving features, but you can take that efficiency to the next level with these simple tips: Home Feature High-performance windows for tighter sealing and insulationHow You Can Save More: Lock your windows to remain as airtight as possible. Close your curtains to help cool your home during the day. Home Feature High-efficiency heating and air conditioning systemHow You Can Save More: Keep your HVAC system's fans, ducts and vents clean, and change filters monthly. Do not block vents' air circulation with furniture or window coverings. Set the thermostat to 80 F or higher while away during warmer months. Home Feature Cost-effective water heaterHow You Can Save More: Lower the temperature from 140 F to 120 F to reduce costs by up to 10 percent. Home Feature Energy-efficient dishwasher that uses less waterHow You Can Save More: Run only full loads. Half-filled loads use nearly as much energy. Let your dishes air dry to reduce energy use by 15-50 percent. Home Feature Energy-efficient oven and rangeHow You Can Save More: Avoid opening the door while in use, which can drop the temperature by as much as 50 F. Choose the burner size that most closely matches your skillet or pan for more efficient cooking. Facts Top three energy saving builders in 2017In 2017, CenterPoint Energy recognized these three builders as leaders in providing the highest energy savings*: David Weekley Homes Beazer Homes Meritage Homes The right builder can help you save energy and money in the long run. So if you are building a more energy efficient home after Harvey, choose a CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes® builder. Here is a complete list of participating builders. Benefit from Building with Better Efficiency If you're rebuilding or buying a new home, help save energy and money with a home built to CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes® program standards. Find a participating builder at CenterPointEnergy.com/EfficientHomes.