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ENERGY STAR® Eligibility & FAQs

Duke Energy’s ENERGY STAR®* Home Program Requirements

For any new, residential, single-family Duke Energy home in Indiana, these requirements must be met to receive incentives.

  1. All heating systems installed in the new home must include an electric heat pump.
  2. The new home must be inspected and qualify as an ENERGY STAR home.
  3. The builder will make all necessary arrangements to have the new home certified as an ENERGY STAR home and will submit the ENERGY STAR documentation along with Duke Energy’s ENERGY STAR incentive application form.
  4. Other program requirements apply as written in the Participating Builder Sign-Up Form. Note: Duke Energy reserves the right to change the ENERGY STAR program requirements and incentives at any time.

If you have additional questions about the Energy Star new home program, please call 1-866-785-6209.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements for my new home to be certified as ENERGY STAR?

Many aspects of energy efficiency, home comfort and even indoor air quality are taken into account in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR home program. As you upgrade and increase the number of energy efficient measures in your new home, your ENERGY STAR rating improves. For more information, see http://www.energystar.gov/ and go to the “New Homes” page.

What is the minimum SEER rating for ENERGY STAR eligibility?

A high efficiency heating and cooling system will help your ENERGY STAR score. However, an exact SEER rating for your heat pump is not a mandatory requirement since a variety of energy efficiency measures are considered and their benefits are added to determine if the home passes ENERGY STAR standards.

What is a Participating ENERGY STAR Builder?

Home builders who have completed Duke Energy’s Participating Heating Dealer and Builder Sign-up form are eligible to receive the Builder incentives. Participating Builders who have successfully completed at least one ENERGY STAR home and have received an incentive will be included in the Participating ENERGY STAR Builder list.

Is a new home with a gas furnace eligible for ENERGY STAR incentives?

A new ENERGY STAR home with a gas furnace will qualify for a Duke Energy incentive if the condensing unit attached to each gas furnace is a heat pump. There are many advantages to this “dual fuel” heating system. Anyone purchasing a new air conditioner should consider buying a new, high efficiency heat pump instead. There is no heating technology that is more efficient than the heat pump during most winter temperatures. In a dual-fuel system, the energy saving heat pump is used for 60% or more of your annual heating load and your gas or oil furnace, which costs more to operate, is used only on the coldest days.

How much is the ENERGY STAR builder incentive from Duke Energy?

Qualifying homes will receive $450 per heating system. Participating ENERGY STAR builders must complete a Participating Builder Sign-Up Form with their first home and then submit an Incentive Application Form for each heating system in each home following.

Who receives the ENERGY STAR incentive from Duke Energy?

The ENERGY STAR incentive from Duke Energy is a Builder’s incentive. The incentive may be assigned to the homeowner with builder's approval and signature on the appropriate line on the Incentive Application Form. Homeowners building their own home are considered the builder if there is no other professional home builder involved.

How do I apply for the incentive?

The Participating ENERGY STAR Builder should submit the Incentive Application Form. The heating contractor may need to provide detailed information about the heating and cooling systems but the builder should sign the application. The builder must also attach copies of the ENERGY STAR® inspection reports including the inspection score, the final certificate and the inspection invoices to the builder.

When can I apply for rebates on a new home that meets ENERGY STAR requirements?

You can submit an application for ENERGY STAR rebates on a new home after both of these events have occurred: 1) the HVAC system including the outdoor unit is fully installed and working, 2) the new home has the electric meter installed on the home.

Does Duke Energy offer a special rate for electric heat customers?

There is not a separate rate tariff for electric heat customers. However, Duke Energy’s current residential rate includes a lower rate step after a certain amount of electricity is used each month. In an average home, most electric heating will occur in this lower cost rate step.

How much money can I save with a new ENERGY STAR home?

To estimate your energy savings when you build a new ENERGY STAR home, see our Heating Costs & Comparisons. This site  contains links to current fuel rates and heating cost estimates for most common heating systems.

Learn more about benefits for owners of Energy STAR homes.

Does an Energy Star Home also qualify for Duke Energy's Smart $aver® incentive?

Duke Energy's Smart Saver program in Indiana applies only to existing homes, not new homes. Smart Saver incentives no longer apply to new homes.

*ENERGY STAR® is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to increase consumer awareness, interest and desire for energy efficient products and is not affiliated with Duke Energy Corporation.