After hearing about the Pearl Certication a week ago, I decided to go for it and get my home certified. No, I didn't "Go for the Gold" as I had no idea what energy efficient upgrades would be allotted points. So, I contacted them in blind faith that after all my hard work, my home would achieve at least a silver certification.
Receiving the call yesterday that my home earned the GOLD Certification, well let's just say I was excited to say the least! You see, my home is a teaching tool that is included in my slide deck in my classes for realtors, appraisers, BPI contractors, and anyone who wants to learn about ways to lower their energy bills and how to sell those homes for more money.
It all started by renting out my 2007 home and buying this 1979 "jewel." I say that a bit sarcastically as it was quite the original, desperately in need of a make-over. The improvements since 1989 had been a new roof, new windows and doors, new security door and a new garage door. But that's about it. Maybe a dishwasher but I wasn't planning on keeping that anyway!
After about a 90% remodel (kept the guest room shower), I added a 16 SEER Trane, Aerosealed the ducts, LED's, Energy Star appliances, WaterSense® faucets, dual flush toilets, new ceiling fans and lighting, all new wood tile throughout, sun screens on west facing windows, and including my Energy Star TV's, computer and printer (I work from home.)
That was in 2015. Now that the Pearl Certification is available in Arizona, I decided to give it a shot. (Thank you Sandy Adomatis for that information).
Also note that there are no solar panels included with the home, so I might have earned platinum !
Earning the Pearl Certification has added another layover of ownership for me. It's been proven, and now I can attest, that owning a certified energy efficient home adds a level of pride of ownership.
Before this certification, I had considered renting out this home and starting another project. Now, I'm not sure I'll do that as I'm attached to the fact I have year round energy bills of $77 a month, the home is Pearl Gold, and is worth more money!
Thanks to the folks at Pearl for helping me to go GOLD! Adding this type of service and information for my clients has been rewarding in countless ways. Feel free to contact me to learn ways to lower your energy bills and to earn this certification, which will help achieve more value when you sell!