The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are embarking upon an effort to develop a national program to assess the energy performance of every home in America and lead homeowners toward investing in home energy improvements.
We will help American homeowners maintain safe, healthy and energy-efficient homes. Most homeowners throw away an equivalent of a 55” flat screen TV every year in wasted energy. They’re throwing away a brand new mountain bike, or throwing away a really nice gas grill, or a weekend getaway vacation, every year – because their home is wasting energy. And wasting energy is like throwing money away.The typical American home wastes energy. We know that out of the 130 million homes in the U.S., 80 million were built before 1980 (they pre-date modern energy standards and are associated with higher energy use and operating costs per square foot). We also know that Americans spend about $2,000 per household on energy every year. But what most homeowners don’t know is that about 30% of that energy (30% of that money) is wasted. Many homeowners could save hundreds of dollars every year without really changing their lifestyle. InterNACHI’s HEI provides simple, basic prescriptive measures millions of homeowners can take to reduce their energy bill, while making their homes more comfortable, and use that money for something they really need or want.