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    Talking Points for Selling an ENERGY STAR Certified Home

    Many homebuyers see the ENERGY STAR label on a new home but very few understand exactly what goes into achieving that label.  Below are some of the many important benefits of an ENERGY STAR home that builders should communicate to prospective buyers.

    1. Third-Party Verification: Independent Home Energy Raters, like ReVireo, conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify that the homes qualify as ENERGY STAR. These inspections are performed at multiple phases of construction to ensure that the home meets all requirements from start to finish.

    2. Tight Construction and Ducts: Sealing holes and cracks in the home’s exterior walls and ductwork will reduce the loss of conditioned air, drafts, moisture, allergens, and noise. Ensuring that a home has sufficient air sealing measures to meet ENERGY STAR requirements improves the indoor comfort and air quality of the home, while also reducing its utility bills.

    3. Upgraded Insulation: Properly installed, climate-appropriate, thicker insulation ensures even temperatures throughout the home, which results in increased comfort and lower utility bills.

    4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment: In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems are usually quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. Energy-efficient equipment is also, on average, more durable and requires less ongoing maintenance than standard models.

    5. High-Performance Windows: Energy-efficient windows products incorporate advanced technologies like protective coatings and improved frame assemblies; these help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furniture.

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