Officials with El Paso Electric (EPE) announced Saturday that the utility has received the 2021 Energy Star Market Leader Award for its efforts to promote and support energy efficient construction and help homebuyers experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that come with living in an Energy Star certified home or apartment.
“The Energy Star program proudly recognizes the efforts of our outstanding partners who have made important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection,” said Jonathan Passe, Chief of the Energy Star Residential Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“Our 2021 Market Leader Award winners demonstrate a high level of commitment to making Energy Star certified homes and apartments available to American consumers. EPA proudly recognizes El Paso Electric as an Energy Star partner,”
Each year, the Energy Star Residential New Construction program presents Market Leader Awards to outstanding partners who have made important contributions to energy efficient construction and environmental protection by building or verifying a significant number of Energy Star certified homes and apartments, or by sponsoring a local program that supported these activities during the previous year.
Officials say that with a baseline of at least 50 homes needed to meet Energy Star standards, EPE was able to contribute to 394 Energy Star certified homes in 2020 through EPE’s energy efficiency programs.
This effort is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 315 metric tons, growing 5,206 tree seedlings for 10 years, avoiding the consumption of 729 barrels of oil, or removing 68 vehicles from the roads.
“Becoming a homeowner in our community is a landmark moment in one’s lifetime, so it is an honor to be part of the histories of 394 families as we each do our part to improve the quality of life and standard built into our homes in a sustainable and energy efficient manner,” EPE’s Director of Energy Efficiency and Commercial Services Susanne Stone shared.
In the United States, more than 120,000 Energy Star certified single-family homes and multifamily units were built in 2020, for a total of more than 2 million homes since 1995.
Utility officials add that EPE is also a past recipient of the Energy Star Partner of the Year award.
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