Rating the energy efficiency of homes has been used primarily by home builders who want to market their homes as being energy efficient. This rating system has not been readily adopted by owners of existing homes and their REALTORS® because older homes are less energy efficient than new ones, and therefore get lower grades. The majority of older homes would score somewhere between 40 and 70, depending on their age, whereas a home built today should score at least 80. If the home scores 86 or higher, it is considered an Energy Star rated home.
The energy efficient audit was designed specifically for owners of older homes who want to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes, rather than grade them. With a more detailed report, quick access to low-cost financing, a low price tag, and more inspectors to do the energy audits, a comprehensive energy audit is an excellent choice for owners or buyers of older homes, whereas rating remains the choice for builders of homes.
With ever-rising energy prices, Houston homeowners and home buyers are trying to find ways to make their homes more energy efficient. You can save money and increase the comfort of your home with our Home Energy Audit report.