Buying An Efficient Home

Dated: 05/21/2016

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Buying a home can be a daunting task, for some it represents the foundation where they will start and raise a family, for others, it is simply shelter. Regardless of the needs of the buyer, one consideration often overlooked is the energy efficiency of the home. Buzzwords like' open floor plan', 'huge master bath' or 'gourmet kitchen' are thrown around, but the cost of maintaining that home is often overlooked.

Purchasing a new construction home can alleviate some of those concerns, but not all builders are using the best designs and technology. One thing to look for and ask your builder or real estate agent is about the homes HERS rating. Think of it as a tool to gauge the homes energy efficiency, much like you would if you were purchasing a new vehicle like a hybrid or electric. Your goal is to find the most reliable features, best design and most efficient, right? Do the same for your home, after all, you could be living in it for many, many years and you want to have the lowest yearly costs to run it.

Thats where the HERS index comes in, this system rates a homes energy efficiency against a newly built home and a resale home. A typical resale home has a HERS score of 130 and a new home would have a rating of 100. So if you buy a new home with a score of 70, your home is 30% more efficient than most new homes. On the other hand, if you purchase a new home with a rating of 130, that home is 30% less  efficient than a standard new home. See the savings? So when out shopping for your next home, don't just look at the cosmetics of the home, get all of the information!

Here is a short video to explain a little further. If you want to take a look at new construction homes, click here, then call me for an appointment and I will walk you thru different builders and you can see the savings for yourself! 

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