Energy efficiency is highly valued by most homeowners. According to a recent national survey 89% of the respondents said that making their home energy efficient is personally important to them.
Key findings from the September 2010 national survey include:
* Less than one in three homeowners believe their homes are “very” energy efficient
* While the majority reported knowing “a lot” about how to make their homes energy efficient, they mistakenly identified “older windows” as the top energy-loss culprit
* 90% said it is important to have a professional energy auditor who is “certified by an independent national organization”
While upgrading to new dual pane windows is obvious and visible, it may also be expensive. There are less costly repairs the homeowner can do themselves that can save considerable energy.
* Sealing cracks around doors and windows.
* Sealing and insulating heating and air conditioning duct-work
* Cleaning heating and A/C filters regularly
* MORE FRUGAL TIPS
This morning RISMedia reported that “D.C.-based Clarus Research Group, a Qorvis company, conducted a market survey of 800 U.S. homeowners on behalf of RESNET, an industry leader in the energy efficiency marketplace. The sample was defined as adults over 21 years of age who currently own a home or plan to purchase one within the next year. The survey was conducted by Ron Faucheux, Ph.D., president of Clarus and a nationally recognized research and polling expert.
Key among other survey findings:
* 86% of homeowners would trust an energy audit performed by someone who was “certified by an independent national organization” over someone who was not
* 80% of those surveyed said that if they were in the market to buy a home, an energy audit conducted by an “unbiased professional” would be important to them.”