Benefits of an ENERGY STAR Certified Home

Fri, 2012-07-27 08:39

When considering the purchase of a new home, prospective homeowners are forced to make difficult decisions based on factors such as price, location, size, and amenities. With the continued growth of the home energy efficiency market, home buyers can find solace in one constant: a 20-30% increase in energy efficiency for ENERGY STAR certified homes. The ENERGY STAR certification, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ensures that new homes, three stories or less, maintain energy efficient features, while simultaneously providing improved home quality and comfort. What are the benefits of an ENERGY STAR certified home? Find out five specific reasons below:

1. Lower Cost of Ownership

One of the fundamental benefits of an ENERGY STAR certified home involves reduced energy consumption for heating and cooling, resulting in around $200 to $400 in annual savings as compared to standard homes. Over the course of several years, homeowners can save thousands of dollars on utility bills, as well as reduced maintenance costs. As an added benefit, homeowners can take advantage of special ENERGY STAR mortgages or energy efficient mortgages to further savings potential.

2. Peace of Mind

In contrast to traditional homes, which may have exterior or interior structural problems, an ENERGY STAR certified home provides peace of mind to prospective buyers as the label details a high quality built home with energy efficient features. As each ENERGY STAR certified home must meet a set of guidelines, homeowners can feel confident that their home is a solid investment.

3. Improved Performance

The proper installation of energy-efficient features can provide better protection against cold, heat, moisture, drafts, noise, and pollution. In addition, an energy-efficient home can ensure temperature consistency around the house, delivering improved durability and indoor air quality.

4. Environmentally Conscious

About 16% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from home energy use, with the average home generating more pollution than a car. With an ENERGY STAR certified home, you can greatly reduce your energy usage, leading not only to increased savings, but also less air pollution.

5. Smart Investment

The growth of ENERGY STAR certified homes is increasing at a very strong pace, with more than 8,500 home builders partnering with the EPA to construct more than 1 million homes. As the trend continues, buying an ENERGY STAR certified home today is a smart investment for the future, as they can provide increased value in the marketplace in comparison to traditional homes.

As construction of ENERGY STAR certified homes increases, home buyers will have greater options for energy efficient homes. The expansive growth of the energy-efficient home market has propelled the need for ENERGY STAR (v3) certified individuals. As of January 1, 2012, any homes seeking the ENERGY STAR (v3) rating must feature builders, raters, field inspectors, and contractors with ENERGY STAR certification. RESNET HERS Raters, in particular, are encouraged to seek this certification when working on new homes. For more information on certification, please visit Everblue’s ENERGY STAR Version 3 Training or call us at 800-460-2575.

By Peter J. Bock

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