The Home Energy ScoreTM protects the interests of both sellers and buyers.
Residential energy efficiency measures like insulation and high efficiency HVAC are often considered “invisible” investments. Unlike granite countertops, a great location, or solar panels, you cannot directly see insulation or HVAC systems. Instead, their value comes in the form of lower energy bills and improved occupant comfort.
Connecticut is currently working with the Multiple Listing Services to incorporate green and energy related fields into a property’s listing. This will allow home-sellers to market and showcase their efficiency investments using credible scores like the Home Energy Score™. Research has shown that homes disclosing energy costs- even high costs- sold faster than comparable homes and closer to the asking price.
Additionally, the score can make it easier for buyers to find homes with green features, and access financing products such as Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Energy mortgage loan, FHA’s mortgage products, and even solar financing from the Connecticut Green Bank.