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Plan to Make Your New Asheville Home Green with an Energy Audit

 

Home Energy Audit

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Many individuals moving to or within Asheville have a strong sense of environmental stewardship.  New, green homes have their advantages, but we recognize that many people prefer the unique charm or affordability of an older or historic home.  You can have both the charm and the energy efficiency with our help!

As a service to our clients who work with us on purchasing a home, we offer a free energy audit through our Energy Retrofit program.

Our Energy Retrofit Program

Here is how it works:

  1. We help you identify a home that you love and want to buy.

  2. We negotiate on your behalf to help you get the best contract that you can with the least amount of stress.

  3. During the examination period, we pay for an energy audit and energy efficiency inspection.  We will provide you with a Suggested Improvements report that will explain the recommendations, itemize the costs, and have an estimate for the time it will take to recoup the investment.

  4. You choose whether you want to make some, all or none of the suggested improvements.

  5. We can be a resource for you for finding tax credit, financing and service providers should you decide to make any suggested improvements.

Our Partners in the Energy Retrofit Program: Conservation Pros, Inc.

Conservation Pros, Inc. is a local company consisting of a team of BPI certified building performance professionals.  They take a localized and modern approach to efficiency, safety, health and comfort.  

We have partnered with them to offer our homebuyers their Home Performance Checkup.  This includes:

  • A visual inspection of the attic, interior, crawlspace, basement and exterior

  • A Blower Door Analysis that measures air leakage

  • Infrared Imaging that reveals sources of energy loss

  • A list of recommendations and a quote

Conservation

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The Benefits to Making Energy Efficiency Improvements in an Older Home

Older and historic homes were built with different technologies and materials than today’s green homes.  However, they do have features that can make them inherently energy efficient such as thick walls, awnings and porches that provide shade, operable windows, and locally-sourced materials.

There are many environmental benefits to maximizing an older home’s original energy-saving features.  Your current systems will run more efficiently, thus saving them wear and tear.  Improved energy efficiency will enhance your comfort level in your home since temperatures will be more stabilized due to sealed air leaks.  Energy efficiency improvements are usually a wise investment as you recoup money from energy savings over time.  Finally, your conscience will benefit from knowing that you are consuming fewer fossil fuels.

Find Your Asheville Home with Mosaic Realty

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Sources and Further Reading:  Energy Advice for Owners of Older and Historic Homes

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