If you’re contemplating custom building a home, you may have heard about Energy Star.

Maybe you’ve even heard of products, appliances, or homes referred to as Energy Star Compliant – but what does that mean for you? What does it mean when a house is considered Energy Star-rated?

And why does it matter?

Well, the experts at Maykus Homes are here to share their thoughts on Energy Star and why you should familiarize yourself with the name, especially if you’re looking to build a custom home in North Texas. Read on to learn more about Energy Star!

What is Energy Star?

Energy Star is a U.S. government rating system to signify which appliances and facilities are the most energy efficient. The Environmental Protection Agency launched the program in 1992, and today, 75 different categories of products, buildings, and commercial plants boast the Energy Star seal.

The primary purpose of Energy Star is simple. The program informs consumers which appliances, buildings, and brands are the most efficient and environmentally friendly.  Thousands of organizations partner with the U.S. government to Energy Star rate their appliances and let consumers know how energy-efficient their products are.

The program boasts many partners across different states and industries, and nearly 40% of the Fortune 500 are a part of the Energy Star program. The program has been such a success that elements from the original program are in active use in Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, and Canada, and the basic premise of Energy Star has impacted countless types of energy ratings worldwide.

Why Does Energy Star Matter?

So, Energy Star makes it easier to understand the energy efficiency of a home, facility, or product. Why does that matter?

Energy Star ratings help keep the consumer informed, and knowledge is power. Knowing which appliances are Energy Star-rated enables you to prepare accordingly to ensure you choose the best. This ensures that you’re not wasting your money on less-than-ideal appliances.

As a homebuilder in North Texas, we know just how important it can be to have the best possible energy usage in your custom-built home. North Texas weather can see a wide range of conditions, and these conditions can have drastic impacts.

The wild temperature swings of North Texas can do a number on your utility bills; whether it’s 110-degree days in the summer or a subzero blizzard in the winter months, Energy Star appliances can help make sure you’re not wasting any energy and that your home runs as efficiently as possible. You can drastically lower your utility bills by researching and ensuring that you have the best possible appliances in your custom build.

It’s also important to remember that Energy Star is not merely a way of understanding the energy efficiency of appliances – although that is one common use of the Energy Star logo.

New homes can be Energy Star-certified as well! If a new home is Energy Star-compliant, you can rest assured that you have nothing but the best at your disposal. Energy Star homes have the best heating and cooling, appliances, ventilation, and water management available built-in, which usually results in a 10-20% improvement compared to non-Energy Star homes. According to some estimates, U.S. Energy Star homeowners save upwards of 300 million per year on their energy bills.

If you’re looking for an efficient system and reduced energy bills, consider an Energy Star custom-built home. Your wallet will thank you.

Tillery Commons Homes

And that brings us to Tillery Commons! This scenic neighborhood, located in Grapevine, TX, is one of the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs’ up-and-coming areas. Tillery Commons is situated on  Dove Road near Highway 114, and it provides its residents easy access to Grapevine’s gorgeous Historic Main Street and all of the shopping, restaurants, and amenities that Grapevine is renowned for.

Plus, all homes within this neighborhood are 2,000+ square feet and come with a two-car garage, two and a half baths, and an office, and are surrounded by three acres of greenery and a hiking trail.  Over the years, we’ve become familiar with many great neighborhoods across North Texas as a custom home-builder, and Tillery Commons is one of our favorites.

We mention Tillery Commons as an example of what Energy Star appliances can do for a neighborhood. The entire neighborhood is Zero Energy Ready, meaning all homes are so energy-efficient that a renewable energy system could offset their annual energy use. Essentially, Zero Energy Ready homes are the best of the best, the creme de la creme when it comes to modern appliances, top-tier systems, and energy usage.

All homes within Tillery Commons are:


  • Fully Foam Encapsulated
  • Solar Ready
  • Energy Star LED Lighting
  • Energy Star Bosch Appliances
  • 20 SEER Bosch Air Conditioning
  • Low Maintenance LVP Flooring


Contact Maykus Homes

Are you looking to buy a custom-built home in North Texas? Turn to Maykus Homes to help you in this process! We have decades of experience building beautiful, energy-efficient homes across North Texas. Our team is here to help you develop your Energy Star home and equip it with the most modern appliances and systems to help save you money on your utility bills.

Contact Maykus Homes Today!