Energy Star Homes. Planet Or Pocket Savings?
Only 5% of the world’s population lives in the United States, yet it is where 25% of global energy is consumed. The homes that we live in, account for 22% of this consumption, as well as 7% of the ever diminishing supply of water. Residences also contribute 21% of the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, as well as Sulfur Oxides, Nitrogen Oxides, and Mercury.
Energy Star homes are expected to reduce this effect on our planet, by potentially consuming up to 30% less electricity, compared to typical new homes.
The Energy Star certification is awarded by a 3rd party inspector and proves to the buyer that the home has been energy rated and built according to required guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By having achieved the certification, the homeowner is assured of receiving a home that is better built, more comfortable, healthier and more durable.
If every home was built to these standards, would the planet and all of its occupants benefit, or would our pockets?
For a home owner to save some of the thousands of dollars that are spent annually on energy, the Energy Star home guidelines include standards for;
The Home Shell – Ensuring that it is not breached by unwanted moisture, air, and temperatures.
By keeping moisture out, expensive structural damage is avoided and reducing air and temperature infiltration means that the home’s air conditioner has to work less to provide comfort, which saves on energy bills.
Appliances and Lighting – Ensuring that appliances and lights are designed to use less energy.
This reduces the cost of home ownership.
Water Damage Protection – Ensuring that a home is designed to protect the roof, walls and foundations against damage caused by rain and ground water.
This improves the health of the occupants and reduces home maintenance, both of which save money.
Efficient Air-conditioning – Ensuring that the latest technology energy efficient heat pumps are incorporated together with the above standards.
This ensures that noise and humidity is reduced and comfort is ensured, while electricity and maintenance costs are greatly reduced, and equipment life extended.
A typical Energy Star homes will save homeowners hundreds of dollars each every year. The projected savings are calculated by the 3rd party inspector, called a Home Energy Rater, and when applied against a 30 year mortgage, produce astounding projected savings on the ultimate cost of interest.
So does our choice of an Energy Star homes achieve planet or pocket savings? Or do we save the one by saving the other? The choice is ours to make.
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Marius Smook – Lic. Real Estate Eco-Broker, LEED AP (Homes), Cert. Energy Rater.