May 152015

Home Energy Rating
Home Energy Rating

A Home Energy Rating provides a standardized evaluation of a home’s energy efficiency and expected energy costs.

Before buying a re-sale home, we all know that we should order a home-inspection to check that we are not buying any defects. However, you should also order an Energy Rating to ensure that you are not buying an energy hog.

Energy ratingBefore buying a new home, you should order an Energy Rating to ensure that the home has been properly air sealed. This is to know that your home won’t be losing costly conditioned air or allowing outdoor air in and causing air conditioners to work harder.

You also need to know that the type of construction, appliances, and features that you have ordered are energy efficient. An energy rating will help you to determine this.

An energy inefficient home could cost you thousands of unnecessary dollars each year, be uncomfortable to live in, make it more difficult to resell, and reduce its value.

An Energy Rating protects against this happening to you, by answering the below questions:

  • What is the home’s energy rating HERS score (just like MPG for a car)
  • What features and appliances are responsible for the biggest energy losses in the home?
  • Does the home need energy saving improvements and are they possible to retrofit?
  • Will the retrofits save money and if so, how much?
  • Which energy saving improvements or features will add the most value to the home?
  • Does the home’s construction support energy efficiency and if not, can it be remedied?
  • Can the home’s energy rating be used as a negotiating tool for a better purchase price.

Energy Raters visually inspect and test the energy efficiency of homes using specialized equipment like blower-doors that measure home-shell leaks and duct-blasters that measure leaks in the air ducts.

Test results are reported as a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) which is a nationally recognized, industry standard rating index for the energy efficiency of homes. The score card shows a breakdown of the energy consuming components of a home and how they compare with a standard home that meets current energy efficiency standards.

Energy Raters are State certified, and their HERS Energy Ratings are 3rd party audited and certified by a central independent registry.

Energy rating

Besides the above-stated benefits, getting a home energy rated and ensuring that it is as green as possible, also helps to reduce our country’s dependency on foreign oil. It also makes a difference for future generations by fighting climate change.  Everyone wins with a Home Energy Rating.

A Home Energy Rating is also a prerequisite if you intend taking advantage of an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM).

For more information, please read my blog: Green homes save money.  Read more about the HERS Index.

All of the green homes that we offer include an energy rating. The results can be seen in all of our green home models. If you would like us to direct you to our nearest model, please request more information and we will respond to assist you.

Our services are always FREE to Buyers, and we contribute $500 towards closing costs if you buy through us, as well as $250 toward our Switch to Green, Switch it Forward Fund, to help fight poverty and climate change.

Let us show you how we can be Your Green Dream Team to help you to Live in a High Performance Green Home, that will Save You Money and help you to Pay Your Mortgage Off Years Earlier, while at the same time, live in a home that is Healthier, More Comfortable, Safer and Kinder To The Earth.

Thank you for visiting. Please leave a comment below and then check out the rest of our BLOG. We look forward to making Green Home living your reality.

Marius J Smook – Licensed Real Estate Eco-Broker, LEED AP for HOMES, Home Energy Rater.

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 May 15, 2015

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