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Michigan homeowners saving more energy, money with New Home Construction program

Friday, May 19, 2017

As our New Home Construction program kicked off a new building season, we wanted to reflect on the achievements from 2016.

Last year alone, 2.9 million square feet of ENERGY STAR® living space was constructed in the program, saving over 274,000 kWh of electricity. That’s equivalent to 20 homes’ energy use for one year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations. With savings like that, it’s no surprise that Consumers Energy is excited to continue supporting ENERGY STAR new home construction.

Overall, the 2016 program was even more successful than the year before:

  • 1,651 ENERGY STAR homes were built in Michigan, and more than 900 of those became home to Consumers Energy families—that's a 31 percent increase over the previous year.
  • 2,944 Michigan homes received Home Energy Rating System (HERS) ratings (2,089 in 2015).
  • Consumers Energy homes in the program had an average HERS Index score of 53—that’s four points better than the Michigan statewide average.

Great job, everyone! Your energy savings really are changing the world.

If you’re interested in building an ENERGY STAR home, speak to your builder or visit the contractor directory to see participating builders in your area.