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New Research Shows the Myriad Benefits of Energy Efficient Homes

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The case for residential energy efficiency often turns on two benefits: saving on energy bills or saving the world. But a recent study by the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) found that energy efficiency in homes has another untapped selling point: a higher market value than less efficient homes. Efficient Homes Have Higher Resale Value This study, published in March of this year, compared the market price of homes that went through green certification programs, including LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR, National Green Building Standard and HERS Index Scores, to homes that did not receive a green certification. Their findings show that green certified homes sold for 9.5% more than non-certified homes. Even when…

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EE First: The Right Way to Get to Net Zero Energy

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This year's Midwest Energy Solutions Conference (MES) incorporated interactive workshops into its agenda for the first time ever, and one of the three workshops focused on Net Zero Energy (NZE) in the Midwest. MEEA staff wanted attendees to consider what Net Zero Energy means for energy efficiency (EE) in the Midwest specifically. (For the purposes of the workshop, “NZE” was referring to any building, development or community that does not use more energy than it produces. See DOE’s NZE definitions). To kick things off, MEEA’s Building Policy Manager Alison Lindburg highlighted several commercial NZE projects, such as Richardsville Elementary School in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is the nation’s first Net Zero school, and the new NZE…

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IHP Wins ENERGYSTAR Partner of the Year

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Author’s note: this article is best enjoyed with musical accompaniment. March Madness is over, and Villanova isn’t the only one taking home a trophy. We’re proud to announce that Illinois Home Performance won the 2018 ENERGYSTAR® Partner of the Year Award! With the help of an all-star starting lineup, IHP delivered a victory for homeowners and energy efficiency. Highlight Reel IHP previously won back-to-back Partner of the Year Awards in 2014 and 2015, followed up with an ENERGYSTAR Excellence in Promotion Award in 2017. How’s that for a dynasty? In 2017, IHP instructed 150+ real estate agents and appraisers on EE fundamentals and selling efficient homes, and we certified efficiency upgrades in 900+ homes across the state.…

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