TEP Energy Smart Homes

Better built, better value

In the market for a newly-constructed home? Look for a Tucson Electric Power Energy Smart Home or an ENERGY STAR®-qualified neighborhood with high-performance homes that save you money and energy.

TEP Energy Smart Homes are designed and built to conserve energy and save you money. In cooperation with TEP, a number of Arizona builders are incorporating energy-saving features and building techniques in their new homes.

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An energy-efficient home is a healthful home

TEP Energy Smart Homes are developed through a utility-sponsored program for energy-efficient new home construction, founded on integrated building science. The program emphasizes a whole-house approach to improving health, safety, comfort, durability and energy efficiency. The program includes on-site inspections and field testing to verify that homes perform the way they were designed. Program standards are designed to focus solely on best building practices.

Energy-efficient homes provide more efficient, healthful and comfortable living environments by treating the structure as a complete system, where every component must work in harmony. Energy-efficient homes also use fresh-air ventilation and pressure-management techniques that maintain better air quality and comfort. A properly-balanced heating and cooling system delivers maximum energy efficiency.

A systems approach to home construction

Our program uses a systems approach to home construction. The systems approach incorporates health and safety, comfort, durability and energy efficiency. By integrating the latest information on building science, TEP has developed construction requirements that each home must meet to qualify. The quality assurance of a TEP Energy Smart Home can be found only through our building partners who participate in the TEP Energy Smart Homes program.


TEP Energy Smart Homes provide :

  • The highest construction standards
  • Improved insulation
  • Mastic-sealed ductwork
  • High efficiency HVAC equipment
  • Combustion safety
  • Advanced diagnostic blower door testing
  • Efficient window systems
  • Properly-sized heating and cooling equipment
  • Controlled ventilation
  • Return air paths
  • Air and pressure balancing
  • Improved indoor air quality

Read Frequently Asked Questions about the TEP Energy Smart Homes program.

View information on the federal Energy Star program.



If you would like to learn more about the TEP Energy Smart Homes program, please email us at guaranteehome@tep.com or call 520-884-3616

Fact sheets

► Improved insulation maximizes comfort and energy savings

► High-efficiency air conditioning systems with a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher offer more comfort, less energy use and more durability

► Tight construction and ducting provide fresh-air ventilation and when combined with pressure-management techniques maintain better air quality and comfort

► Energy-efficient low-E windows can really make a difference on your energy bills