home performance is a smart investment.

Whether you think you’ll sell your house in a year or a decade, we all take steps to improve the value of our homes. A fresh paint job, granite countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, you name it. Increasingly, homeowners are seeing their home value jump after certified home energy improvements — like the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program — just as buyers are putting a premium on those features.

Indeed, 90% of people believe that energy efficiency is important when buying or selling a home, according to a study by the National Association of Home Builders. The same study found that 72% say that energy efficient features would sway their decision to purchase a home, and 61% would be willing to pay $5,000 up front in order to save on utility costs later.

Existing homes with certificates from third-party companies for sustainability and energy efficiency (i.e. LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR, Earth Advantage) sold for 30% more than similar houses without certificates, and those homes spend 18 days less time on the market than non-certified homes, according to a study by the Earth Advantage Institute.

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