The purpose of the ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program is to offer rebates for high performance new home construction that meets or exceeds current ENERGY STAR® standards.

2021 marks 10 years of partnership with ENERGY STAR®. In this time, the program has paid incentives on over 800 ENERGY STAR® certified homes. In honor of these milestones, the EPA has recognized the program with an ENERGY STAR® Special Recognition Certificate.

El Paso Electric Company (“EPE”) received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Market Leader Award in recognition of its continued commitment to incentivize ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments in our region. This award recognizes EPE’s work in promoting energy efficient construction and helping homebuyers and residents experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that come with living in an ENERGY STAR certified home or apartment. In 2020, EPE supported 394 ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes through its energy efficiency programs.

Our Program Benefits

To make the program successful, we offer several benefits to participating home builders:

  • Up to $1,750 in rebates per qualified home
  • Free sales and technical training
  • Marketing support including free promotional materials
  • Support from a Program Account Manager

If you’re a homebuilder constructing new, single-family homes in the EPE New Mexico service territory, read below to learn more.

Better Energy Efficiency and Performance

On average, ENERGY STAR certified new homes offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes including at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average. Our program is designed to build with better systems and features including:

  • Comprehensive Air Sealing Construction
  • Quality Installed Insulation
  • High Efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • High-Performance Windows
  • Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances
  • Independent Testing of Energy Performance

If you’re looking for a new home, contact one of our participating homebuilders!

Learn about our Rebates

There are two rebate paths in this program that homebuilders can choose from, depending upon which best fits your needs: (1) Products Path (Prescriptive) or (2) Performance Path. The rebates are paid directly to the homebuilder or, upon their approval, to one of their subcontractors.

Rebates will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to participant eligibility and availability of funds. See below to learn more about requirements and rebates offerings.

Products Path: How To Qualify

The measure-specific Products Path provides rebates based on above-code installation of a combination of measures including ENERGY STAR® lighting, refrigerated air conditioning, radiant barrier, ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and insulation.

Homebuilders must install a minimum of three (3) measures to qualify for rebates. The below list of equipment shows above-code product criteria and the rebate amount.

Equipment Measure Rebate Amount
Air Conditioning:
16 SEER (from 14 SEER) $85 per ton
17+ SEER (from 14 SEER) $120 per ton
LED Lighting:
100% LED (from 50% EE Lighting) $100 for 100%
Radiant Barrier:
100% Radiant Barrier (from None) $0.05 per sq. ft. installed
ENERGY STAR® Refrigerator (from Standard Fridge) $12 per unit
Smart Thermostat:
ENERGY STAR Certified Smart Thermostat (from Program) $50 per unit
Attic Insulation R-38 (from R-30) $0.06 per sq. ft. installed
Attic Insulation R-48 (from R-30) $0.14 per sq. ft. installed

Performance Path: How To Qualify

The Performance Path provides tiered rebate levels for new homes that exceed the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). You may also become an ENERGY STAR® Partner if you’re interested in constructing ENERGY STAR® certified homes. Otherwise, we’ll nonetheless assess your high-performance home to make sure it meets our minimum tier of 10% above the standard. We integrate inspections and testing by certified professional HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Raters to make sure your home has been built better from the ground up.

We offer rebates for new homes that exceed current New Mexico code requirements by at least 10%. The Performance Path tiered bonuses are offered to homebuilders that construct a home that exceeds code requirements by 15% to 40%. Also, ENERGY STAR® certified homes are eligible for an additional bonus rebate.

The state of New Mexico has adopted the 2018 IECC, effective for all homes permitted after March 25, 2021. To learn more, please watch this overview prepared by the New Mexico Home Builders Association. In June 2021, El Paso Electric sponsored a training for area homebuilders on how to comply with new code requirements. The first part of the training covered a broad overview of code changes, while the second part provided more in depth advice about how to reach air sealing requirements.

Incentive Amount Awarded
Base kWh Incentive (10% above code minimum) $0.30
15% – Performance Bonus $100
20% – Performance Bonus $200
30% – Performance Bonus $300
40% – Performance Bonus $400
Smart Thermostat:
ENERGY STAR Certified Smart Thermostat (from Program) $50 per unit
Maximum Incentive per Home (including bonus) $1,750
Bonus Incentive for ENERGY STAR® Certification $25

Participation Made Easy

Enroll as a Qualified Homebuilder

1. Complete and submit the program registration.

2. Sign a builder agreement outlining your award requirements after registering.

3. Fill out an ENERGY STAR® Partnership Agreement to build ENERGY STAR® certified homes.

Find a Homebuilder

Do you need a homebuilder for your project? We recommend learning more about our participating homebuilders who are currently enrolled in the ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program.