CenterPoint Home Energy Program

Make Green by Building Green

Think of organic in the grocery business as a proxy for sustainable building in the housing industry

Your Roof should protect your home from the elements for at least 50 years.

Commanding an 83% share of the residential roofing market is no accident. Asphalt composition roofing, includes conventional three-tab and newer, thicker fiberglass and laminated types. These products offer affordable options generally designed to last a maximum of about 25 years.

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Planting strong-smelling plants like onions, garlic or even marigolds in the vegetable patch can naturally deter pests and promote a healthy garden.

What is an Energy Vampire? Simply stated, an energy vampire is any electronic that still consumes power even when it has been turned off. The power used is called "standby power" or "phantom load."

When the temperature rises, it's more crucial than ever that you pay attention to your plants!

What can you do?

Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. Recycling 1 aluminum can save enough energy to run your TV for 3 hours!

The Garbage Crisis

The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. This garbage, the solid waste stream, goes mostly to landfills, where it's compacted and buried. As the waste stream continues to grow, so will the pressures on our landfills, our resources, and our environment.

Conventional flooring has become controversial due to their potential for chemical offgassing

, the pollution created at the time of manufacturing, the amount of space it takes up in landfills, the time and products needed to maintain cleanliness, and most of all the fact that it harbors mold, dust, bacteria and other allergy-causing organisms.

Heating water is the 2nd largest energy expense in your home!

It accounts for 18% of your utility bill. To conserve, fix leaks, install low-flow showerheads and faucets, and purchase energy-efficient dishwashers and washing machines.

By replacing your incandescent lightbulbs with LED lights you can save up to $500 annually!

They are sold for around $3 and according to the Department of Energy, if you replace your homes five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the Energy Star rating, you can save up to 78% annually on your electricity bill. A 60 watt bulb uses 3000 to 6000 gallons of water to shine for a 12 hour day for 1 year!

What does this all mean?

You can save money and divert precious water from rivers, bays and estuaries by participating in EPA's WaterSense program by purchasing products with the WaterSense label.

Washer use up to 22% of the homes water.

To save more water, look for a clothes washer with a low water factor. The lower the water factor, the less water the machine uses.

Washing Machines

Replacing your old washer with an ENERGY STAR washer will use four times less energy than those manufactured before 1999.


Low-Flow faucets are highly efficient yet don't compromise performance.


The average family can save 700 gallons a year by using Low-Flow faucets (that's 40 showers!).

Basic Facts

Showering accounts for appoximately 17% of the total residential indoor water use in the U.S.


Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home's indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets that use as much as 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes. Buying a toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF) or the dual flush toilet that carries the WaterSense label uses 1.28 gpf or less. High-Efficiency Toilets that meet specific performance criteria help reduce water use in the home by 20 to 60 percent!

Biggest water users:

Toilets, showers and washing machines.� Who REALLY talks about toilets�.let�s talk about them!

Basic Facts

70% of water used in homes is used indoors and accounts for up to 400 gallons a day for a family of 4!