What is a home Energy Rating?
Home energy ratings are detailed examinations of a home to determine
- Where and how energy is being lost.
- Those systems in the home that are operating inefficiently.
- The types of cost-effective measures that can be put in place to make the home more comfortable, affordable and energy efficient.
Years of saving and months of planning, you want your home to deliver. Air leaks, inefficient windows and poorly insulated/leaky ducts can all contribute to energy loss; which can lead to in-home discomfort, poor indoor air quality and potentially higher energy costs. While it is natural to assume that it is the mortgage payments that constitute the main cost of homeownership, the fact is that when buying a home, the operating costs should also be factored in as well. Otherwise, you aren’t getting an accurate picture of how much that home will cost to maintain and run, and whether or not you can afford it.
Existing Market Homes
A study conducted by Earth Advantage Institute, a non-profit group, found that certified existing homes sold for up to 30% more than their non-certified counterparts. Two things that impact homeowners directly are home comfort levels and energy bills. A drafty home, which is too cold in winter and too hot in summer, will also suffer from high energy bills. What that means is the home is performing inefficiently as a complete system. One of the energy rating benefits that homeowners find tremendously useful is a detailed report that provides suitable retrofit recommendations and specifications that will rectify the home’s energy problems.
Use our three step program to work with contractors to improve your new or existing home’s energy rating.
Test your home using our independent service and uncover your energy
Use the information from your audit to have informed conversations with contractors.
Test for Improvement
Compare the results from the original test to see if the contractor has made a difference.