Thinking about upgrading a few of your homes components to improve the efficiency of your home? If so, consider getting an energy rating done. This will help you pinpoint the most cost effective upgrades you should make to help lower your utility bills. Keep in mind energy ratings differ from energy audits. Energy ratings receive a score between 1-100 depending on the homes efficiency. Once the numbered rating is determined, the rating is then equated into a STAR rating system ranging from 1 star to 5 stars. A home with a 5 star rating is highly efficient and a home with a 1 star rating is said to be very inefficient. The energy rating focuses on insulation, windows, HVAC systems, solar orientation of a home and water heating systems. The energy rating will also give you an estimate of your properties energy costs. Make sure you hire a certified energy rater to preform the test. Energy ratings are used for both new and existing homes and are a recognized tool in the mortgage industry. This is great if you are looking to refinance your home with an energy efficient mortgage, because the mortgage allows you to roll in the homes upgrades. Energy Efficient Mortgages are also offered to buyers looking to purchase a home and roll in the cost of the upgrades. For more information on energy efficient mortgages go to our website www.archwoodproperties.com and click on the resources/ finance tab. Please do not hesitate to contact us with question regarding energy efficient mortgages and energy ratings.
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