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Building an Energy Efficient Home?

The CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes® 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.


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 Homes® program page here.

Our High Efficiency Homes® 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 https://www.energystar.gov/ to learn more about ENERGY STAR® certified homes.