The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) began the Builders Challenge Program in 2008 to recognize builders that were excelling at building high performance homes. In order to be able to classify a home as a Zero Energy Ready Home, it must use a renewable energy system that offsets at least 40% to 50% of its yearly energy consumption. Many companies took up the challenge and have homes with this certification. Others work to modify existing homes in order to create the energy savings by doing a whole-house retrofit.
Energy savings can be achieved on your existing home, starting with an energy audit to determine where insufficiencies exist. From there, a plan is developed for sealing, window treatments, and insulation as determined by the audit.
If you are looking to build, you should find a builder that follows the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Guidelines and is an official partner with the DOE, so you can enjoy at least 40% to 50% more energy efficiency than a typical newly constructed home.
Here at AppleBlossom Energy, we offer a complimentary home energy check-up that will enable you to know how your home could be more energy efficient, so you can enjoy energy savings going forward. We guarantee that you will see a 20 to 40 percent energy savings at your Charlotte, North Carolina area home after we complete a whole-house energy retrofit. With our help, you can enjoy energy savings as well as improved comfort and added value to your home. Contact us today, and let’s get you on the road to a Zero Energy Ready Home.