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High home energy score could help sell home

Looking to boost the resale value of your home? Knowing its energy score could help.

(NC) An energy score is an rating given to your home after it has been audited by a professional home energy auditor. Similar to a house's walking score, an energy score can be listed on the MLS listing for your home, and it can be a selling point for potential buyers.

Assessing previous energy bills are not always indicative of the actual energy efficiency of the home. Often times, energy bills reflect the lifestyle of the residents, not the house's efficiency. An energy audit and energy score provides potential buyers the actual efficiency of your home.

An energy audit rates your home's energy efficiency level on a scale of zero to 100. The more energy efficient the home is, the higher the score. A rating of zero represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption, whereas a rating of 80 represents an airtight, well-insulated, and sufficiently ventilated home with high-efficiency equipment.

During an energy audit, homeowners receive recommendations on upgrades that can help make their home more energy efficient.

If you decide to sell, be sure to tell your realtor about Enbridge Gas Distribution's Home Rating program. By having your realtor include your energy score on your MLS listing and other marketing material, you are letting potential buyers know that they can save on their energy costs.

For more information on your home's energy efficiency, visit www.knowyourenergyscore.ca.

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