​CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes™ Program

Residential Energy Efficiency Program

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Building an Energy Efficient Home?

The CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency HomesTM program promotes local builders who build and certify high performance and ENERGY STAR® homes. These homes use less energy than one built only to the Texas residential building code, providing homeowners with a more comfortable home that operates for less money. An independent third party home energy rater tests every home in this program to help ensure that it meets strict energy efficiency specifications, which result in lower utility bills and a cleaner environment. On average, each one of our high efficiency homes is rated 18% above code, translating to a yearly electric bill reduction between $200-500.

Over the last 14 years, our High Efficiency Homes brand has incentivized over 50,000 above code homes, and incentivized over 104,000 ENERGY STAR homes.

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Bold denotes home builders who have made a commitment to building 100% of their homes to ENERGY STAR performance guidelines.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Beazer Homes

Beazer Homes prides itself on building homes that bring families monthly energy savings without sacrificing quality and comfort. Beazer strives to create houses that you can be proud to call home. Beazer operates with the commitment to not only meet, but exceed the latest ENERGY STAR standards when building high efficiency homes. In addition to utilizing high quality construction and materials, Beazer goes the extra mile with its quality assurance program, SSQ (Safety, Schedule, Quality). Through internal and external inspections, you can rest assured that your energy saving home has been properly inspected throughout the entire build process.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Design Tech Homes

An award-winning custom homebuilder since 1997, Design Tech Homes has grown to become one of the largest, family-owned custom home builders in Texas. With a drive for superior quality and comfort, DTH makes a perfect partner for CenterPoint Energy’s High Efficiency Homes. Design Tech Homes creates a living experience unlike most custom homebuilders in Texas. DTH operates as the only custom builder in the state whose homes are 100% inspected and certified by ENERGY STAR, guaranteeing energy-efficient savings on every utility bill. Indoor airPLUS certifies that you can breathe easier as all DTH homes are inspected and certified for indoor air quality.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: KB Home

KB Home prides itself on building fully personalized homes for homeowners, as all of their projects are built uniquely for you. In addition to choosing your floor plan, flexible living spaces, and energy-efficient appliances, you can pick the perfect location within a community for your high efficiency home. Only one out of every 10 new homes built in the country is ENERGY STAR certified, and KB Home has had a hand in many of them. KB Home provides homeowners with more than just energy savings and efficiency in its ENERGY STAR certified homes, it brings you more indoor comfort and improved air quality, environmentally friendly homes inside and out, and more durable homes from the foundation up. All this comes with the peace of mind that you high efficiency home has been tested and verified to meet all ENERGY STAR certification standards.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes works to set the standard for energy-efficient homes. Meritage wants you to experience life built better through savings on energy costs, better health throughout out your home, and more comfort, all with the peace of mind that Meritage has brought you the experience and expertise you need in building your high efficiency home. From 2013-2018, Meritage Homes has earned both the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence and the ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing awards. A home built by Meritage is a home built smarter, utilizing money and energy-saving construction like UV-blocking windows, climate-sealed interiors, and water-saving appliances, among others.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Ashton Woods

Ashton Woods focuses on creating a more personalized homebuilding process, working with homebuyers to create a more collaborative design experience. Named Builder of the Year by Builder & Developer Magazine in 2017, Ashton Woods launched the Starlight Homes project to help first-time homebuyers realize home ownership is attainable. Ashton Woods homes are built with a commitment to energy efficiency and comfort. Homes built by Ashton Woods come with fresh hair ventilation, quieter interiors, and improved temperature control. Tight construction and improved insulation help maintain the interior temperatures of Ashton Woods homes, and things like optimized HVAC equipment and pressure balancing help homeowners enjoy lower energy costs with increased comfort.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: David Weekley

Since 1976, David Weekley Homes has worked with over 100,000 homebuyers to create the homes of their dreams. David Weekley Homes is a team dedicated to improving and enhancing the lives of its customers by creating comfortable, energy efficient homes that match their needs perfectly. David Weekley Homes focuses on energy-efficiency construction and sustainable, innovative building techniques to create homes help the environment and your monthly expenses. An ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award winner, David Weekley Homes works with homebuyers to create a space that is not only comfortable for your family, but one that helps you save energy and money on regular heating and cooling costs.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Perry Homes

A Texas homebuilder for more than 50 years, Perry Homes is committed to providing an easy homebuying experience for new and veteran homebuyers alike. The team focuses on building energy efficient new homes that utilize superior design, higher quality building materials, and innovative additions to contribute to your family’s overall comfort. With Perry Homes, smart comes standard. The homebuilder makes it easier for you to enjoy your new home with built in smart technology like smart thermostats, Wi-Fi lighting, and top of the line home security features. Easily control the temperature and lighting of your home remotely and create automated schedules to save on monthly energy costs.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Anglia Homes

Anglia Homes is a Houston-based builder that operates on core principles of quality, location, affordability, and design. Their team works with you and your family from start to finish when purchasing a new home, focusing on creating the best possible home buying experience. The Anglia Homes team carefully selects floor plans and features to match the lifestyles, desires, trends, and amenities that real customers look for when building or buying a new home. Part of this is an effort to create homes with quality construction elements, while including high-efficiency materials and interior elements to bring you comfort and value as a homeowner. Anglia Homes backs their communities with 2-10 year warranties to assure that you are picking not only a high-quality, but a long-lasting high efficiency home.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Caldwell Homes

Exceptional livability, personalized design, and premium quality are the hallmarks of a Caldwell Home. A Houston-area homebuilder, Caldwell Homes has developed a reputation for building gated communities that help enrich lives through fostering active, close-knit communities. Caldwell Homes are designed to and built to perform at the highest level. The homes are built with the latest techniques and technology for the highest-level of performance and value in durability, air quality and energy efficiency. Caldwell Homes also come with a 3-year heating and cooling comfort guarantee, so you can rest assured knowing that the high efficiency appliances will stand the test of time. Air tightness and insulation help create the most insulated and conditioned space possible, ensuring your family’s comfort and energy efficiency year-round.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Camillo Homes

Camillo Properties build and manage both new homes and recently constructed single-family homes and townhomes throughout Texas. The team doesn’t only focus on building beautiful homes, Camillo Homes are constructed with features that make it easier to enjoy a higher quality of living. The Camillo Homes team takes pride in building high-quality, energy efficient homes while providing great customer service to its residents and families. The team seeks to understands the customer’s needs while consistently improving construction practices and the final product of delivering a high efficiency home that is the perfect dream home for every family..

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Castlerock Communities

Castlerock Communities offer more than the traditional home buying experience, including online information sessions, one-on-one consultation meetings, real-time virtual showings & tours, and buying online. On top of the convenience that makes homebuying easier, Castlerock Communities focuses on building high-quality, high-efficiency homes throughout the Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas areas. Castlerock places an importance on handling the homebuying and homebuilding process as efficiently as their homes operate. The team adds nationally recognized manufacturers for the high-quality components that go into every Castlerock home, giving you the peace of mind that you’re purchasing a home of higher quality. Castlerock Communities goes the extra mile to provide you with a pre-start orientation, a pre-sheetrock orientation, and a pre-move in demonstration and orientation to give you a closer look at your new home, but also to give you more information on things like the warranty and service programs provided for extra homebuyer comfort.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Century Communities

Century Communities create relationships with homeowners that are built on trust from day one. The homebuilder has worked on everything from single-family homes to townhomes, condos, and flats across 17 states since 2002, and they’ve created a hands-on process that is all about making you feel great about your new home. At Century Communities, you can expect a homebuying process that is unique to your needs. The team strives to make you feel supported along the way with help on finding the perfect neighborhood amenities, smart home technologies, and home loans to ensure your new home is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of. Plus, with a new home from Century Communities, you can look forward to a full suite of smart home products included with the build! With things like Google Nest and Google Assistant, Nexia, and Eaton lighting throughout the home, you can create a fully customizable smart home ecosystem to save money and enjoy your new home to the fullest.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Chesmar Homes

Expect to be treated like a member of the family at Chesmar Homes. The team understands the purchase of a home is the most important investment you will ever make, and that’s why they work to make you feel great about your build from start to finish. Chesmar Homes builds high-quality homes in amazing communities across Texas. With a culture of excellence and resources like on-site design centers in model homes, Chesmar strives to make the custom home building process easier than ever. The team operates on a purpose of creating high-quality, high-efficiency homes in vibrant communities with unique styles and quality workmanship.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Darling Homes

Texas builder Darling Homes strives to create a living space that’s uniquely yours. The team is building new homes in distinct locations across the state that are filled with all of the design elements you could ever dream of when creating your forever home. Darling Homes views a home as a personal expression of your life. The team collaborates with you throughout the entire homebuying process to ensure that your new home is personalized in a way that fits your unique lifestyle. With an in-house architect team, Darling Homes is able to offer exclusive collections of incredible high-efficiency home designs using the quality materials that assure you your dream home is built to last. You are the most important detail at Darling Homes, and the team strives to create spaces that exceed all of your expectations.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Devon Street Homes

Devon Street Homes takes pride in the things that matter to each individual homebuyer. The Houston-area builder has an exceptional attention to detail, combined with the use of high-quality name brand materials to provide new home construction at affordable prices in beautiful communities. Devon Street Homes wants you to feel great about your dream home. The team is committed to building homes that are more energy efficient than others you may find in the same communities, focusing on creating more durable, more comfortable, and safer living spaces for you and your family. Devon Street Homes is a participant in the Environments for Living program with Masco Home Services, Inc., holding each home to a set of high-efficiency and performance requirements. Each new home from Devon Street Homes is built to provide you with increased comfort and durability, all while saving you money with built-in features throughout the home.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: DreamTech Homes

DreamTech Homes has been building architecturally stunning and energy-efficient custom homes in the Houston, Magnolia, Conroe, and Spring areas for more than 20 years. The team has a combined 114 years of building experience and utilizes green, environmentally friendly practices with each home built. DreamTech primarily build luxury custom homes, helping customers turn their dreams into realities. They follow a rigorous build process with each home that starts with an expertly constructed foundation followed by three inspections. DreamTech Homes takes a balanced, cost-effective approach to combine quality design and construction with eco-friendly products and building methods. DreamTech Homes are built with high-efficiency insulation and windows, energy-saving air conditioning and heating systems, ENERGY STAR certified appliances, high-efficiency water heating, and low-flow plumbing features to improve water conservation. Learn more about the build process and what goes into each DreamTech Home today!

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Drees Custom Homes

Drees Custom Homes has been family owned and operated since 1928. Honesty and passion for building have been paired with quality building processes that make the Drees custom home building experience easy and fulfilling for every family. On top of caring for the environment by utilizing energy-efficient home technology in every home, the Drees family has a large commitment to the community with volunteer and charitable work. Drees Custom Homes makes it easy to enjoy life in your new home by incorporating Smart Home Technology throughout every room. Combining security systems, video doorbells, smart thermostats, high-speed internet wiring, and other Wi-Fi engineered features, you can stay completely connected to your home. Drees Custom Homes are also scored on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), measuring their energy efficiency and overall reduction in energy consumption. On average, Drees Custom Homes score 69 points better than the typical existing home through the use of energy-conscious building materials, ENERGY STAR certified appliances, and other technology to make saving energy even easier.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Dunn & Stone Builders

With over 60 years of combined experience in the building industry, Dunn & Stone Builders have developed a building process that ensures you experience both extraordinary customer service and a high-quality home build. The team at Dunn & Stone works to answer any and all questions you and your family may have throughout the building process, helping you feel great about the design decisions for your energy efficient new home. The Dunn & Stone team makes it easy to pick exactly what you want in your new home through their Design Build process. From land preparation to the finishing touches with additional options and upgrades throughout your home, Dunn & Stone works hand in hand with you as the customer to bring your dream home to life. You can create a beautiful and energy efficient new home with additions like ENERGY STAR certified appliances, energy-saving insulation and build features, and Smart Home technology to make controlling your home’s energy usage even easier.

Top ENERGY STAR Homebuilder: Empire Builders

Empire Builders are celebrating over 25 years of creating inspiring places to live. The Empire team gives you and your family more in your new home, with a strong push to be environmentally friendly throughout the entire build process. Empire Builders have taken part in building 90 communities and more than 28,000 homes over the past 25 years. The Empire Builders team has a care for the craft that sets them apart from other homebuilders. The team strives to look at a new home through the eyes of each new customer in order to create homes that are the perfect match for all types of families. Empire also takes pride in a constant drive to build homes with greater efficiency, utilizing technology and energy-saving practices that contribute to a more sustainable home build. Empire Builders bring you homes with ENERGY STAR certified appliances and technology, Smart Home technology, and other environmentally friendly features to make you feel great about your footprint and save on energy costs.

Prospective New Homeowner

High performance home energy savings are typically realized through a combination of factors, including:

  • Tight exterior construction to reduce air leaks;
  • High-performance windows;
  • Controlling air leaks through the duct system or unsealed holes;
  • Controlling air entering the home from the outside;
  • Properly installed home insulation;
  • High-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems;
  • High-efficiency water heating equipment;
  • High efficiency lighting fixtures
  • Independent inspection and testing 
  • Sell 8% more than non-certified homes, on average

ENERGY STAR® certified home energy savings are typically achieved through a combination of factors including:

  • Complete Thermal Enclosure System - comprehensive air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high performance windows work together to enhance comfort, improve durability, and lower monthly utility bill costs
  • Complete Heating and Cooling System - installed to deliver more comfort, indoor moisture control, improved indoor air quality and quieter operation
  • Complete Water Management System - protects roofs, walls, and foundations from water damage
  • Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances - ENERGY STAR® certified lighting, appliances and fans
  • Independent inspections and testing
  • At least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code
  • At least 20% improvement on performance, on average
  • Better resale value if it comes time to sell

If you are a homebuilder looking to get involved with High Efficiency Homes, please visit our CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency HomesTM program page here.

Our High Efficiency HomesTM program provides a variety of incentives and assistance, including:

  • Cash incentives
  • Energy efficiency technical assistance
  • Energy efficiency training for the builder's sales and operations teams
  • Energy efficiency marketing support through our advertising and marketing materials

Program Eligibility

CenterPoint Energy does not pay direct incentives to homeowners for this program.

For more information, please email our program contact NewHomes@CenterPointEnergy.com.

Additional Program Information

Please visit our High Efficiency Homes builder page for more information on getting involved with the program.

Please visit https://www.energystar.gov/ to learn more about ENERGY STAR® certified homes.