The Environmental Protection Agency has again recognized Black Hills Energy’s Iowa gas utility for its energy efficiency efforts with an ENERGY STAR® “Leadership in Housing” award for its commitment to providing homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes. This is the fourth consecutive year the utility’s focus on helping its customers conserve energy resources has been acknowledged.

The award emphasizes the Iowa utility’s partnership with ENERGY STAR and local builders and contractors to promote and support efficient, cost-effective energy solutions in new home construction. Those efforts reduce energy bills and help protect the environment through its partnership with ENERGY STAR. Another Black Hills Corporation (NYSE: BKH) utility in Wyoming — Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power — also earned the award.

“Our utilities are committed to energy efficiency and helping customers use energy wisely, without sacrificing comfort,” said Jim Dillon, Black Hill’s energy efficiency program manager for Iowa. “The energy landscape is changing, and we’re dedicated to helping our customers adjust to those changes in beneficial ways over the coming years. We also want to acknowledge the important contributions of local builders and contractors in earning this award.”

The EPA estimates that families living in ENERGY STAR homes have saved nearly $626 million in lower utility bills and more than 1.4 million ENERGY STAR certified homes have been built. ENERGY STAR homes use 20 to 30 percent less energy than typical new homes, even more compared to most resale homes. And the ENERGY STAR rating sets a home apart when it goes on the market.

ENERGY STAR homes are built to standards that exceed local building codes and include energy-saving features that typically make those homes 20 to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes. Qualified homes offer all the features and conveniences of a new home, plus energy-saving features – effective insulating systems, high-performance windows, well-planned and properly sized heating and cooling systems.

For more information about the energy efficiency programs available to Black Hills Energy’s residential, commercial and industrial customers, visit