El Paso Electric Company’s (EPEC) High Performance Homes and ENERGY STAR® certified new homes can provide a more comfortable and energy-efficient living environment while also helping to keep monthly energy costs down. El Paso Electric is proud to sponsor the High Performance New Homes Program, which helps homebuilders to construct energy-efficient homes by providing training, guidance and financial incentives to help offset the cost of energy-efficient upgrades.

If you’re in the market for a new home, or if you’re a homebuilder constructing new, single-family homes in the El Paso Electric New Mexico service territory, read below to learn more about High Performance Homes and ENERGY STAR® certified new homes.

High Performance Homes

High Performance Homes and ENERGY STAR® certified homes are significantly more energy efficient than standard homes. In fact, High Performance Homes are required to exceed code performance by a minimum of 15 percent, and most ENERGY STAR® certified homes exceed code by 30 percent.

Participating homebuilders achieve this high level of efficiency by incorporating a variety of specialized features, including:

  • Tight Construction and Ducts
  • Effective Insulation Systems
  • Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
  • High-Performance Windows
  • ENERGY STAR® Appliances & Products
  • Independent Testing of Energy Performance

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

Participating Homebuilder Information

Enjoy a competitive advantage, support from EPEC and financial incentives when you participate in our New Homes Program.

Program Benefits
  • Up to $2,000 in rebates per qualified home.
  • Free sales and technical training courses.
  • Marketing support, including free marketing materials.
  • Support from a program account manager.

Participation Made Easy.

Complete and submit a program application

If you are interested in constructing ENERGY STAR® certified homes, fill out an Online Partnership Agreement with the national ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Program at ENERGY STAR®.

Incentives will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to project and customer eligibility and availability of funds. See below to learn more about eligibility requirements and the types of financial incentives available in 2018. Two types of incentives are available: Whole-House Path and Prescriptive Path.

Whole-House Path

Homebuilders can receive incentives for constructing new, single-family homes that exceed current New Mexico code requirements.

Incentive Whole-Hous Savings Amount Rewarded
$/kWh Base Incentive Minimum 10% of
Whole-House Savings Required
15% Savings Bonus 15% $100
20% Savings Bonus 20% $200
30% Savings Bonus 30% $300
40% Savings Bonus 40% $400
Bonus Incentive for ENERGY STAR® Certification $100
Maximum Incentive per Home (Including Bonuses) $2,000

To Qualify for the Whole-House Path

1. Complete and submit a program application

2. Complete and sign the builder agreement.

3. Select a RESNET-accredited HERS Rater.

4. Work with your HERS Rater to maximize the performance incentives.

5. Build homes according to the measures you have selected.

6. Conduct on-site inspections and home performance testing.

7. Obtain and submit final documentation for each home to EPEC via the online rebate system for final incentive.

Prescriptive Path

Builders can receive incentives to install above-code products in newly built homes. You must install a minimum of two measures from the table below to qualify

Equipment Measure Amount Rewarded
Air Conditioning
New-SEER 16 replacing SEER 14 $100 per ton
New-SEER 17 replacing SEER 14 $125 per ton
New-SEER 18 replacing SEER 14 $150 per ton
New-SEER 19 replacing SEER 14 $175 per ton
New-SEER 20 replacing SEER 14 $200 per ton
LED Lighting
New-100%  E*LED (from 50% EE lighting) $75.00
100% Radiant Barrier-from-None $0.05 per sq ft of barrier
New ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator replacing standard appliance $20 per unit
New-Attic insulation R-38 replacing R-30 $0.075 per sq ft of insulation
New-Attic insulation R-48 replacing R-30 $0.14 per sq ft of insulation

To Qualify for the Prescriptive Path

1. Complete and submit a program application

2. Complete and sign the builder agreement.

3. Submit photo documentation and purchase receipt(s) via the online system. If one of your homes is selected for post-installation verification, the verification must be completed before the incentives will be paid.

Find a Contractor

Select a contractor for your project or schedule an energy assessment. These contractors have participated in EPE’s rebate program in the past and are in good standing. However, EPE does not recommend any particular contractor over another. You may select a contractor from this list or another contractor of your choosing.

Become a participating homebuilder today!