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Energy Efficiency

Although, this idea of  Energy Saving” has been around for a long time, and though it has run hot and cold during  the duration of the past 30 to 40 years, it is certainly a hot topic today and for 2014! 

Energy Conservation
Energy conservation refers to efforts made to reduce energy consumption in order to preserve resources for the future and reduce environmental pollution.  Energy conservation can be achieved through increased energy efficient energy use such as turning off turning off a light is energy conservation. Replacing an incandescent lamp with a compact fluorescent lamp (which uses much less energy to produce the same amount of light) is energy efficiency.

Energy Savings

Energy efficiency is "using less energy to provide the same service". A home which incorporates common sense design principles, without compromising on comfort, to:

  • Reduce the need for expensive heating and cooling appliances/equipment
  • Reduce appliance running costs and therefore energy bills
  • Reduce energy related greenhouse gas emissions

In fact, an energy efficient home is generally more comfortable, easier to maintain and costs no more to build than a conventional home.

Home Energy Rating Service

  • The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index while a standard new home is rated at 100.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 130 is 30% less energy efficient than a standard new home.
  • 50 represent average while 75 is a better performance.

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the national recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.

The HERS Index was created by RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) in order to give homeowners and buyers a standard by which they could measure the energy efficiency of houses they currently own or are planning to buy. You could say it’s kind of like the home industry’s version of the MPG (miles per gallon) rating that you find in the auto industry and the lower a home’s HERS Index Score is, the better its home efficiency.

Cathy McDaniel

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We have 132,419,000 total housing units in American July 2013. 

Are sustainability and energy efficiency upgrades playing a role in today’s residential and commercial real estate market? Definitely, say those in the field.

  • 90 million homes waste energy
  • A typical house wastes 30 percent more energy than an efficient one does
  • A typical home energy retrofit costs around $10,000 per house -- before any utility or governments energy rebates are applied. A home energy retrofit doesn't just save energy for a single year -- it prevents waste year after year on an ongoing basis once it's done

Housing Sustainability
In a rapidly changing and urbanising world, the provision of adequate and affordable housing remains a key priority for all governments. No longer regarded as simply a roof over one’s head, housing today plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable development – as visualized by the idea of sustainable housing.

Sustainable housing is, however, yet to gain its due fame in developing communities. Yet in most cities, decent and safe housing remains a dream for the majority of the population, while government considers affordable housing as merely a social burden.

Sustainable housing is often considered from a predominantly “green” perspective (resource saving, greenhouse gas reduction) Today, we must advocate a more holistic approach, which recognizes the multiple functions of housing – as both a physical and social system – and which seeks to enhance and harmonize the environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of housing sustainability.

Sustainable housing policies should deal with the affordability, social justice, cultural and economic impacts of housing, and contribute to making healthy residential neighborhoods and sustainable cities.

Property condition matters today when selling, buying and financing a home. Properties for sale are priced based on the current real estate market and property condition.  It may be a great buy on paper, but when you are at the property, it might not be that great of a value… based on condition.

Let’s get real… The future home buyer will focus on qualifying the costs of owning and occupying a particular home versus another. Other key buying factors include performance, modern features, amenities, quality, and monthly utility cost.  

Energy Usage

  • Heating energy 29%
  • Cooling energy 17%
  • Water Heating 14%
  • Appliances 13%
  • Lighting 12%
  • Electronics 4%
  • Other, i.e. power strips 11% 
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