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U.S. homeowners concered about home energy efficiency

Posted: September 30, 2010 2:16 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2010 2:16 p.m.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Home energy efficiency is valued by the vast majority of American homeowners, with 89 percent of national survey respondents indicating that making their home more energy efficient is important to them personally.

Key findings from the September 2010 national survey show that less than one in three homeowners believe their homes are "very" energy efficient, while the majority reported knowing "a lot" about how to improve energy efficiency in thier homes.

Ninety percent believed it was important to have a professional energy auditor who is "certified by an independent national organization."

Of those surveyed, many mistakenly identified "older windows" as the top energy-loss cluprit.

"These findings are a call to action to the industry to help consumers tap into the true value of an independent energy audit," said Steve Baden, executive director, RESNET.

"While the benefits of window replacement are obvious, it is often a less visible and less expensive repair -- for example, sealing cracks around air conditioning and heating ducts -- that can significantly improve a home's energy efficiency and cut homeowners' utility bills."

Washington, 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.

Other key findings conclude that 86% of homeowners would trust an energy audit performed by someone who
was "certified by an independent national organization" over someone who was not, and 80 percent 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.


RESNET is a national nonprofit organization that sets the standards for the inspection and testing of the energy performance of homes. RESNET saw 119,000 homes rated last year, and has had more than 1,000,000 rated since its inception.

RESNET is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Energy Star Homes, the U.S. Department of Energy for the National Builder's Challenge, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the federal tax credit for builders building energy-efficient homes.

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