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The benefits of selling an ENERGY STAR home

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Want to stand out as a realtor? Sell ENERGY STAR® certified homes.

These homes meet high standards of energy efficiency, with the most efficient equipment, systems and processes on the market. Michigan has become focused on energy efficiency in recent years, with several regions including energy-efficient fields in real estate listings to make greener homes more easily searchable. Now is the perfect time to tap into the growing market.

There are many benefits of selling efficient homes:

  • Higher returns; on average, ENERGY STAR homes resell for 20 percent more than similar homes without certification.
  • Stand out as a local expert. Entice buyers with concerns about their budget or sustainability.
  • Get faster returns, since these homes spend fewer days on the market.
  • Help lessen impact on the environment.

Here are the terms to know when selling an ENERGY STAR home:

HERS Index Score: The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index Score is the industry standard for measuring energy efficiency in homes. Lower is better. A new home with a HERS Index Score of 65 or lower is very efficient. Older homes often average 100–130.

ENERGY STAR certification: This is a comprehensive, whole-home certification of a home’s energy efficiency and comfort.

AFUE: An AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating measures furnace efficiency. A modern, high-efficiency furnace will be 90 percent AFUE or higher.

SEER: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is an air conditioning efficiency rating. A modern, high-efficiency A/C will be SEER 14 or higher.

Heat pumps, mini-split systems and geothermal systems: Heat pumps are a very efficient heating and cooling technology that is becoming more common in Michigan. Geothermal and mini-split systems are both types of heat pumps.

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Ready to start selling ENERGY STAR homes? Check out our directory of ENERGY STAR builders in Michigan. And before you get a home appraised, be sure to fill out the Green and Energy Efficient Addendum at AppraisalInstitute.org.