Interview with Brent Loya of ID Energy
In this episode of House Talk with Dylan Chalk, we discuss the value of the home energy score program for homeowners, home inspectors, and real estate agents.
If you are unfamiliar with the home energy score, you should be. The program has been expanding and has been finding great success in cities such as Portland, Oregon, and Denver, Colorado. The program trains home inspectors to quickly rate a residential house with an energy score. This is akin to a fuel mileage sticker for your car, but this is for your house.
Homes with energy scores allow home buyers to make accurate comparisons between houses regarding the true cost of ownership and in some cases, homes with excellent energy scores can even qualify for larger loans as the cost of running the home will be lower. Did you know that energy use in a home is often more than your property taxes and your homeowner’s insurance? Homes that use less energy help protect valuable natural resources and save homeowners big bucks.
For real estate agents and brokers, looking at a new listing that has excellent energy efficiency designs or upgrades? The home energy score is a great way to demonstrate and promote these valuable assets to home buyers.
For home inspectors, this can be an extra source of income as well as great brand promotion; be a leader in your community as an energy score inspector and promote energy saving as your unique selling proposition.