Energy Fit Homes℠
Goal: Make their home energy efficient enough to qualify for an Energy Fit Homes Certification
Progress: Home is officially certified as an Energy Fit Home.
Partners: Neighborhood Energy Connection, Energy Fit Homes
Energy Fit Homes has certified its first home! The first certification was awarded to Ken Waletzko’s Bloomington home after he received a Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit.
Ken and his family have lived in their Bloomington home since it was built in 1977. Energy efficiency has always been important to Ken – he made sure the house was insulated when it was originally built and again when they built an addition to the home. Motivated by his interest in energy efficiency, Ken signed up for a Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit because he thought it would be a “good idea to get things checked out and find out if there was anything we needed to do or if we were already in good shape.”
The home visit was Ken’s first step to certification. At the visit, as at all Home Energy Squad Enhanced visits, Ken’s home received an Energy Fitness Score. The score evaluates the performance and efficiency of five main areas of the home: heating system, insulation and air sealing, ventilation and combustion safety, windows, and lighting, all of which improve comfort and save energy. The score rates each home from 0 to 100, the higher the score, the more energy efficient the home. A home with a score above 95 qualifies for the Energy Fit Homes certificate. Since Ken has made energy efficiency a priority over the years, his home scored a 99 which meant that the Home Energy Squad was able to qualify his home at the visit.
When he learned about the Energy Fit homes Ken decided that he could benefit from getting his home certified. Making a home more energy efficient has cost saving benefits to homeowners, but energy efficiency is so much more than cost savings.
Energy Fit Homes makes a statement about a home and provides peace of mind that you’re doing the right thing for yourself, your family and your environment.
Ken has formed a sense of pride in having an energy efficient home and will likely frame his certificate to display in his home.
Visit mnenergyfit.org to learn more about Energy Fit Homes and how to get your home certified.