Energy costs are up, so consumers want better energy performance.
As a result, new energy efficient and green building programs are increasing across the country.
You’ve seen those Miles Per Gallon stickers on new cars, right?
Now you could see something similar on your next house.
It’s part of the Department of Energy’s Builders Challenge, a voluntary program to encourage building more than 200,000 energy-efficient homes by 2012.
One of the tools used in the Challenge is the EnergySmart Home Scale -- they call it the E-Scale.
A big goal of the Challenge is to make Net-Zero Energy Homes common and affordable in the US by 2030.
These homes use on-site renewable energy to produce as much energy as they consume.
On the E-Scale that’s a zero – the best energy performance there is.Nearly one and a half million homes to be built to the challenge standard between now and 2030.
That's expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking 600,000 cars off the road.I’m Jill Cordes reporting.