Program Duke Energy Carolinas (Electric) - Energy Star Homes Rate Discount Program
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector Utility
Last Update
State South Carolina
Administrator Customer Service
Sectors Residential

Duke Energy Carolinas encourages residential customers to buy energy-efficient homes through the utility's Energy Star Homes Program, which awards a rate discount to customers living in Energy Star homes. To earn the Energy Star label, homes are tested by a third-party inspector to ensure they meet the U.S. Department of Energy's criteria. Generally speaking, a home must be at least 30% more efficient than the national Model Energy Code for homes or 15% more efficient than the state energy code, whichever is more rigorous. The home test is the responsibility of the customer and/or the builder, and the cost range is from $300 to $500 for certification. The size of the home and the inspector’s travel time may affect the cost. Typical characteristics of an Energy Star home include:

  • Effective insulation

  • High-performance windows

  • Tight construction and tight ducts

  • Energy-efficient HVAC equipment

  • Independent testing provided by third-party inspectors

Please refer to Schedule ES for more information.

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