Energy Star regulations affect all new residential dwellings that are constructed pursuant to building permits issued as of August 1, 2008. Compared to conventionally-built new homes, Energy Star Labeled Homes continue to be nationally recognized for saving homeowners upwards of 30% on home energy costs because they feature the "best building practices and technologies" for higher efficiency. Home energy efficiency levels are improved in this program through enhanced insulation, better air sealing, mechanical ventilation, performance tested heating and cooling systems, and high-efficiency appliances, lighting and windows.
The New York State Energy Star Labeled Homes Program, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and sponsored by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is designed to help Long Island home buyers build energy-efficient, comfortable homes that use less energy, which in turn lowers annual energy costs, reduces air pollution and helps protect the environment. Energy Star is administered in New York by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA partners with LIPA to administer the program on Long Island.