Your new house can build your bank account.

Whole-home efficiencies from Touchstone Energy

Whether you’re planning to build or already own a home, taking steps to make that home as energy efficient as possible makes you more comfortable and saves you money for years to come. One great way to ensure efficiency is by following the Touchstone Energy Home guidelines.

The Touchstone Energy Home is designed to be more energy efficient, less expensive to operate, cleaner, safer, and more comfortable than today’s standard models. It’s typically 48 percent more efficient than a traditional home. For example, heating and cooling account for roughly half of the average home’s energy bill, but only 20 percent of a Touchstone Energy Home’s costs.

Touchstone Energy Homes may qualify for larger mortgages than comparable conventional homes, and they also offer these benefits:

  • A one-year heating and cooling cost guarantee.
  • Less electricity usage that makes your home more environmentally friendly than traditional homes.
  • Lower-than-normal monthly utility bills throughout the life of the home.
  • Construction techniques that eliminate drafts and temperature gradients that can make you feel colder or warmer than you actually are.

Disclaimer: Please note that not every member cooperative participates in the Touchstone Energy Home program. Contact your local co-op to confirm participation.


For more information (or if you’re a homebuilder and would like to participate in a two-hour training session to become a registered Touchstone Energy homebuilder), please contact Program Manager Laura Matney at or (317) 481-2873.

A closer look at the Touchstone Energy Home

The Touchstone Energy® Home features are:

Greater Efficiency Means Money In The Bank

The HERS Index is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. It measures how well the equipment and structure work together for efficient heating, cooling, and water heating—and shows you how much you’re really paying to live in your home.

A lower rating on the HERS index indicates a more energy-efficient home. One that earns an 80 rating, for example, is 20 percent more energy efficient than the standard new home. Take a look at how a Touchstone Energy® Home stacks up against a typical resale home and an average new home.

HERS Index

Work with a builder who has had special training and experience building Touchstone Energy Homes.

Central Indiana:

Souligne Construction, Inc.
Mike Souligne
6297 S Bryan Ct.
Oxford IN 47971
(765) 918-0669 cell
(765) 385-0095 office

Staley Construction, Inc.
Bill Staley
(317) 374-1026 cell
(317) 718-7025 office

Summit Builders, Inc.
J. Christopher Williamson
(765) 246-6901

Northeast Indiana:

D&S Builders, Inc.
Dennis R. DeMara
(260) 463-3252

J.P. Building and Remodeling
Jason S. Pippenger
(260) 693-3145 or (260) 564-0143

RW Kidd Construction
John Kidd
(574) 529-0520

Signature Building & Design
David Johnson


  • Energy Saving Tip #172

    End water (heating) torture.

    Leaky faucets can draw hot water, which you’re paying to heat. Fix dripping faucets as soon as you can.

  • Energy Saving Tip #362

    Charge, pull, repeat.

    There is no 110% battery power, so save energy by pulling the plug on chargers as soon as your devices hit 100%.

  • Energy Saving Tip #466

    Dive into the laundry deep end.

    When you dry loads back to back, your dryer stays warmer and you save on the energy it otherwise would draw to heat up from room temperature. If you have the time, a clothesline dries without drawing a kilowatt.

  • Energy Saving Tip #206

    A full freezer doesn’t just mean dinner’s at hand.

    The more space in your fridge or freezer, the more air you’re paying to cool. A well-stocked unit holds the cold better than an empty one.

  • Energy Saving Tip #444

    Clean coils mean efficient fridges.

    Do dust bunnies collect behind your refrigerator? Clean those coils to help your fridge function better.

  • Energy Saving Tip #149

    Leaf no savings opportunities behind.

    Planting trees on the side of your home that gets the most sun helps keep your house cool by blocking the hot, hot rays. Just be sure to watch out for power lines!

  • Energy Saving Tip #195

    Institute an open-door policy.

    Keep exterior doors shut, but leaving inside doors open helps air flow more freely and your air conditioner work more efficiently.

  • Energy Saving Tip #386

    Turn back—for savings to come.

    Ceiling fans make your air conditioner’s work easier when they spin counter-clockwise. Make sure yours are moving in the, ahem, right direction before temps go up.

  • Energy Saving Tip #231

    Is your oven lying to you?

    Very few ovens run true to the temperature on the dial. The small cost of an oven thermometer could save you lots of money and energy—and dry pot roasts. 

  • Energy Saving Tip #486

    Where there’s lint, there may be fire.

    A blocked dryer vent is a fire hazard at worst and an energy suck at best. Keep your vent clear to keep your dryer working efficiently.