BENEFITS OF A HOME ENERGY PERFORMANCE AUDIT
A home energy performance professional is trained to pinpoint the areas of your home where energy is being consumed inefficiently, where your home’s envelope is breached and allowing in allergy causing agents and rodent infestations. No one should be breathing the air from the attic, the walls, the foundation, and certainly not rodent excrement and dander! The report will prioritize cost-effective and health improvement opportunities that will pay financial dividends every time your utility bill arrives, and your allergist’s bill doesn’t.
Increase Your Comfort and Livability
When we implement the recommended home improvements, you will literally see and feel the difference. Air sealing the building shell, sealing leaky air handler ducts, adding insulation, or replacing that old furnace or air conditioner will make your home a more pleasant and healthier place to be.
Increase Your Home’s Resale Value
According to a study published in the Appraisal Journal, for every $1 decrease in annual energy costs, the market value of a home increases by $20. For example, if you decrease your energy costs by $600 per year, the value of your home increases by $12,000. We can verify measurable results of the improvements performed. Many of our clients see their heating and cooling bills cut in half.
When purchasing a home, check into EEM’s (Energy Efficient Mortgages). They allow for making the important energy efficiency repairs the home needs within the loan before you move in. See our article under What’s News fro 6.26.11 for more details. The Earth Advantage Institute has a list of Real Estate Professionals who specialize in energy efficient homes and loan resources. Click here: EAI Realtors
Improve Your Home’s Marketability
With rising fuel costs, home buyers are seriously considering the house’s operating expenses. Measures to lower utility bills are valuable home improvements that reap dividends month after month. A home buyer will also have confidence that the house has been optimally maintained when you show it was audited and retrofitted by a Sarkinen certified professional contractor. You’re more likely to make a faster sale for a better price. The Earth Advantage Institute has a list of Real Estate Professionals who specialize in energy efficient homes. Click here: EAI Realtors
Uncover Hidden Problems
A home energy audit involves a thorough inspection of your home, which can uncover hidden structural and safety problems before they cause major damage. For example, improper ventilation can cause mold or mildew growth, which you may not discover until it becomes severe and costly repairs are required. A Sarkinen certified professional can prevent problems before they affect your health or damage your home.
Help the Environment
Helping the environment and responsible consumerism is a positive by-product of creating a high scoring energy performance home. By using less energy, you reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gasses that are created in the production of electricity and the fuels we burn. You can feel good about the energy (and money) you’re saving because you’re doing your part for the environment and supporting green energy science.
Take Advantage Tax Incentives
With a home energy audit, you can take advantage of government tax incentives and rebates, your Sarkinen certified professional can show you which cost-effective improvements make the most sense for your home. With the recommendations from your energy audit report and tax incentive information, you can make the right decisions as to which measures will pay the biggest return on your investment – and have the government help you out to do it. See our Rebates page for a list of many of the rebates available.
Invest in Your Biggest Asset
Investing in your home’s energy efficiency takes money. Fortunately, your return on investment is around 16% per year, after taking into account the money you spent on the improvements. As energy prices rise, so will your return on investment! It will likely be your most successful investment, without any risk. A Sarkinen certified professional could help put more money in your pocket than your stock broker!
How do You Get Started?
Simply fill out the comfort and healthy air survey. A Sarkinen home energy performance expert will promptly contact you to set up an appointment.
Op. cit., Resnet, BPI, Comfort Institute & Appraisal Journal