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A Green House: What to look for when house hunting
There are many components needed when building a green home, which is why many builders forgo this extra effort. For buyers, asking about ENERGY STAR ratings, HERS (Home Energy Rating System) scores, and actual utility bills, is an effective way to identify how efficient a home truly is.
“To build an ENERGY STAR 3.0 home, the house must be 30 percent more efficient than one that is built to code,” says Tyler Kukahiko, vice president of sales and marketing at Mountain Vista Homes. “And that’s a new home. Compare that to a home built in the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s, and you’re talking about savings that jump up even higher.”
While these energy-efficient improvements and features may cost home buyers a little more on the front end, the savings over the life of owning a home will pay off drastically and improve resell value—not to mention make you feel good about saving money, and the environment.