We’re more aware of Sustainability and the “Greening” of products and services. It permeates our everyday life and influences our buying decisions.
Energy Retrofits take a whole house approach determined through an analysis (audit) and recommendations of improvements that deliver the best return on energy efficiency improvements. Improvements like air sealing (caulking) insulation and duct sealing are at the top of the list. But can also include dual pane windows, lighting and EnergyStar appliances.
The good news is there are multiple rebates that really add-up to reduce your investment costs. The cumulative effect is immediate and long term savings, and immediate comfort for homeowners all in the spirit of sustainability.
New Disclosure – Home Energy Rating Booklet
Effective Jan 01, 2011, Calf Civil Code Section 2079.10 requires home seller or broker to inform buyer the existence for the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rating Program.
The booklet called “What is your Home Energy Rating” is an easy-to-read informative booklet of helpful facts of residential energy efficiency, recommended improvements and a rating system similar to energy labels on appliances and mileage labeling on cars.
Rebates – Retrofit
Rebates are available to reduce the costs of Energy Retrofits recommended from the HERS booklet. One rebate available is Energy upgrade Calif. through SDG&E that offers rebates up to $4,000. Every SDG&E homeowner or buyer for detached homes qualifies for this program.
Rebate – Home Energy Audit
Some rebates require an energy audit. Calif. Assoc. Realtors offers a $250 rebate for the cost of an energy audit. Rebate is available while funds last or until Dec. 31, 2011.
Energy retrofit initiatives by the real estate community can make a profound contribution in lowering greenhouse emission and preserving natural resources. This is the biggest contribution homeowners, buyers & realtors can make towards sustainability.
To Qualify For The Realtor Energy Audit Program (R.E.A.P.) Applicants Must:

  1. Purchase a home between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2011
  2. Conduct a HERS home energy audit of the home before the close of escrow (as part of the Energy Efficient Mortgage*) or no later than 60 days after the close of escrow.
  3. Use a California REALTOR® in the transaction (referrals do not qualify)
  4. Primary single family residence must be purchased in California
  5. Review and download the application . (Application must be submitted by an active California REALTOR® )
  6. See the R.E.A.P. flyer to get more detailed information

You can find the nearest H.E.R.S. certified rater in your area at www.calcerts.com
To view a sample of a HERS rating certificate click here : HERS II Home Energy Rating Certificate

To find out how to upgrade your home with rebates, incentives and money savings energy improvements go to www.energyupgradecalifornia.com
What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage?