6 Reasons to Get an Energy Audit and Make Your Home Energy Efficient

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Real Estate Agent with Kelli Grant Group | Berkshire Hathaway AZDRE #SA562433000

6 Reasons to Get an Energy Audit and Make Your Home Energy Efficient

  1. Save the Planet
  2. Reduce your utility bill by 15-30%
  3. APS and SRP Rebates
  4. An energy rating is a recognized tool in the mortgage industry and can make you eligible for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)
  5. Increase the resale value of your home
  6. Sell quicker by making your home more cutting edge and appealing to buyers

What’s an Energy Audit?

The purpose of a home energy assessment, also known as a survey or energy audit, is to pinpoint where and how a home is losing energy, which systems are working inefficiently and what cost effective measures can be put in place to rectify the situation.  The $99 Energy Audit Arizona Going Green offers makes you eligible for rebates with APS & SRP.

What’s an Energy Rating?

An energy rating provides a comparative analysis on how energy efficient your home is when compared to other similar homes.

An energy rating will generate a HERS Index score for your home, based upon its energy performance. The Home Energy Rating System or HERS was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for calculating how energy efficient a home is. The lower the HERS Index score, the more energy efficient the home.  There are two types of ratings:

  • Projected ratings – Ratings performed prior to the construction of a home or prior to the installation of energy improvements to an existing home.

  • Confirmed ratings – Ratings completed using data gathered from an on-site inspection, which could include performance testing of the home

Why is an Energy Rating Important?

  • It helps you understand how energy efficient your home is when compared to others
  • Gives you a projected idea of the energy costs of your home

(Source: Residential Energy Services Network (www.resnet.us)

Energy Consumption Data For Arizona Homes

Data from a Residential Energy Consumption Survey that interviewed Arizona homeowners that was published in 2009:

  • 9% reported having poor insulation
  • 13% reported a drafty home during the winter
  • 48% reported having only single pane windows
  • 65% reported having energy-efficient light bulbs
  • 35% reported having an Energy Star refrigerator
  • 30% reported having an Energy Star dishwasher
  • 39% reported having an Energy Star washing machine
  • 39% reported having at least 3 television sets
  • 17% reported that most or all of their appliance and tool chargers were plugged in at all times
  • 48% reported that they turned their computers off when they were not using them
  • 26% reported that they always keep electronic chargers plugged in
  • 9% reported having an insulation blanket installed on their water heater

Are you doing all that you can to conserve energy in your home and save a significant amount of money over time?  If you make energy efficiency improvements to your home then you will save money as a result and the resale value of your home will increase.

 

How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

In order to increase your home’s resale value, the following is a list of upgrades that will boost your home’s energy-efficiency:

  • Increasing attic ventilation and insulation
  • Sealing air duct leaks
  • Sealing off any air leaks into your home and increasing insulation wherever needed
  • Adding window sun screens to your home
  • Upgrading your appliances to more energy-efficient models
  • Following through with any other energy upgrades that are suggested during a home energy audit

If you make some or all of the above energy upgrades then you should make sure that you advertise these upgrades in your home listing when you sell your home. If potential buyers can easily see that your home is more efficient than other homes nearby, then it will be a powerful incentive for them to purchase yours.


  1. Schedule a home energy audit. 
        We recommend Arizona Going Green.  They have done audits on multiple homes for our clients.
  2. Find out your home’s energy weaknesses.
  3. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on energy upgrades.
  4. Start with the areas of your home that are least efficient and upgrade them first.
  5. Have your home inspected again (it is a good idea to get a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) inspection done because you will be given HERS rating that will show your home’s overall energy efficiency.
  6. Get your home appraised by a Green Certified Appraiser.
  7. Include your impressive HERS rating in your home listing to attract buyers.

To sell your home quickly and for a great price - making your home as energy-efficient as possible will help accomplish your goal!

 

Arizona Going Green AuditArizona Going Green doing the audit on my home 

My bag of goodies from APS for doing the audit

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Kelli Grant is a CLHMS and Member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

   resort and second-home property specialist

www.KelliGrantGroup.com | Real Estate Advisors helping you make decisions best for you.

 


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Will Hamm
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Hello Kelli Grant, Thank You for this great blog and it is so important that everyone on this planet is into this.  Have a great day!

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The EEM is so underutilized and so many lenders are afraid of it, when in reality it's an amazing program!  Thanks for shedding some light on this important topic

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Kelli, these are great tips for looking to reduce energy consumption.  I hate to think what leaving our computers on is costing.  I think seeing an energy consumption table on what it is costing would also make us more motivated to set a sleep timer for the TV or make sure we turn the computer and printer off after each use.  Make it a GREAT week out in AZ land, Kelli!

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