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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) successes in technology cost reduction, highly efficient methods and materials, construction planning, and practices to save energy in homes, have huge energy-saving potential. Explore EERE's buildings and homes success stories below.

September 9, 2015
Low-E windows – featuring an energy-saving technology developed at Berkeley National Laboratory– are now found in 80% of homes and 50% of buildings in the United States.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Smart Windows are Lowering Energy Costs
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Smart Windows are Lowering Energy Costs
May 21, 2015
EERE Success Story—San Antonio Better Buildings Partners Recognized for Advancing Energy Efficiency
EERE Success Story—San Antonio Better Buildings Partners Recognized for Advancing Energy Efficiency
February 20, 2015
Buildings and Homes Success Stories
EERE Success Story—New Refrigerant Boosts Energy Efficiency of Supermarket Display Cases
Research supported by the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office that led to a major breakthrough in refrigeration systems’ efficiency is no
January 16, 2015
EERE Success Story—Zero Energy Ready Home Program: Race to Zero Student Design Competition
In April 2014, twenty-eight college and university teams from the U.S. and Canada participated in the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy’s Chall...
May 1, 2014
EERE Success Story—Tennessee: Bringing Jobs and Economic Development to Piney Flats
By tooling up a manufacturing line in Tennessee, where jobs are created, Diversified Power International, LLC is able to manufacture its product in...
May 1, 2014
EERE Success Story—Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate Energy Savings
New energy efficiency standards for external power supplies will reduce energy consumption, energy bills, and carbon emissions.
May 1, 2014
EERE Success Story—Colorado: Energy Modeling Products Support Energy Efficiency Projects
Xcel Energy, a Minnesota-based utility that supplies electricity and natural gas to eight states, employed two EERE-developed products in developin...
March 6, 2014
EERE Success Story—Washington: Sustainability Training for Realtors in High Demand
Washington realtors line up to attend the Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals (S.T.A.R.) offered in Kitsap County by E...
March 6, 2014
EERE Success Story—Indiana: EERE’s Wireless Sensors Can Save Companies Millions of Dollars
A new suite of energy-monitoring sensors—dubbed the Suitcase—has the potential to save manufacturing facilities and other commercial buildings ...
November 8, 2013
EERE Success Story—Connecticut: Bridgeport Multifamily Weatherization
A multifamily facility in Bridgeport that provides safe housing for individuals, veterans and the homeless, received weatherization services with f...
November 8, 2013
EERE Success Story—Pennsylvania: Window Technology First of Its Kind for Commercial Buildings
The Opti Ultra Thermal Window series introduces new high-performing windows to the commercial building industry and unlocks the potential to save e...
November 8, 2013
EERE Success Story—Idaho: Nez Perce Tribe Energy-Efficient Facilities Upgrade
The Nez Perce Tribe is located in the Pacific Northwest, where electrical energy costs are traditionally very low due to the hydropower generated i...
September 23, 2013
EERE Success Story—Database Aids Building Owners and Operators in Energy-Efficiency Project Decision Making
EERE's Buildings Performance Database, launched in June 2013, provides access to empirical data on the actual energy performance, as well as physic...
August 21, 2013
EERE Success Story—Georgia: Data Center and Historic Municipal Building Go Green
Savannah demonstrates good stewardship of federal funds, makes data center more efficient.
August 21, 2013
EERE Success Story—Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves Consumers Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon
EERE's new microwave standards will reduce carbon pollution and save consumers money on their energy bills.
August 21, 2013
EERE Success Story—New York: Weatherizing Westbeth Reduces Energy Consumption
Project provides energy savings and the improved health and safety of the residents within the building.
August 21, 2013
EERE Success Story—Texas: City of San Antonio Demonstrates Value of Greater Investments in Clean Energy
San Antonio plans for viable, long-term success with EECBG projects.
August 16, 2013
EERE Success Story—California: Heliotrope Technologies Wins R&D 100 Award for Universal Smart Window Coating that Saves Energy and Incr...
EERE-funded Heliotrope Technologies, with support from EERE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), received a 2013 R&D 100 Award for the...
August 16, 2013
EERE Success Story—Tennessee: Ground-Source Heat Pump Receives Innovation Award at AHR Expo
Trilogy 40 Q-Mode heat pump receives 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Award.
July 26, 2013
EERE Success Story—Oregon: Clean Energy Works Coordinates Energy Efficiency Efforts
EERE-funded program is reducing energy waste, which is slowing the effects of climate change.
July 26, 2013
EERE Success Story—Washington: Community Power Works is Building a More Efficient Seattle
The City of Seattle and several community organizations are working to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
July 26, 2013
EERE Success Story—Washington: RePower's Energy Dashboard Spurs Change on Bainbridge Island
Bainbridge Island community initiative works to increase energy efficiency in homes.
April 18, 2013
EERE Success Story—Washington State Energy-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP) Spurs Local Economy, Promotes State-Wide Partnership
State of Washington works to save money, spur economic activity, and promote energy-efficient appliance options.
April 18, 2013
EERE Success Story—California: Energy-Efficient Glass Saves Energy Costs, Increases Personal Comfort
EERE's investment in View, Inc. has helped with the development of View Dynamic Glass--windows that adjust their tint, lightening and darkening wit...
April 16, 2013
EERE Success Story—Oregon State Energy-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program Helps Low-Income Families
Statewide program provides low-income homeowners with rebates on money-saving, energy-efficient appliances.