How awesome would it be for you to be certain the updates you made to your house not only made it more energy efficient, but also increased its value? Yes, we’re talking about saving money on your energy bills AND making more money on the sale of your home.
How is this possible, you ask? It’s called Pearl Certification, and an accredited contractor like Energypro can help you make these upgrades so you can reap the benefits.
What Exactly is Pearl Certification?
Pearl Certification is provided by the company Pearl, an independent third party that helps educate homeowners on how to keep improving your home’s performance and efficiency. They also provide homeowners with the proper documentation to “prove” just how efficient it is.
To determine this, a Pearl Contractor will come to your home and go through a rigorous evaluation to determine just how efficient your home is. Points are assigned in five different categories – the more points given, the more that category contributes to your home’s overall performance.
The categories are:
- Building Shell – roof, windows, walls, and foundation
- Heating and Cooling – HVAC systems and ductwork
- Baseload – electronics like water heaters and appliances that use a consistent amount of energy
- Home Management – smart thermostats, information and energy management plans
- Renewable Energy and Energy Storage – solar panels, inverters, batteries, and EV chargers
There are multiple levels of Pearl certifications, and each level means you’ve made the right choices to make measurable improvements to your home’s overall performance.
How Did Pearl Get Its Start?
Founded by Cynthia Adams and Robin Lebaron, Pearl came to life in May of 2015. Both Cynthia and Robin were working for two separate nonprofit firms with shared interests: lowering US carbon emissions by lowering home energy use.
Since then, Pearl has been making waves in the home energy sector. Hear it from them directly:
“Pearl is the only market-based firm approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to administer the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program for existing homes.”
They don’t just work with homeowners – they also partner with businesses and other public entities to help build a market that rewards energy efficiency.
That means contractors like us can become highly trained to not only help you make strides towards energy efficiency, but can help you become more familiar with how it all works and what other areas you may want to consider upgrading to bring your carbon footprint (and energy bill) down considerably.
Why Should I Consider Getting Pearl Certification?
One big reason: money. Your money, to be specific. Energy-efficient upgrades will save you a lot of money on your utility bills.
You can also make money with Pearl certification. If you decide to put your Pearl certified home on the market, you’ll be able to sell it for up to 5% more than other homes without it. Your Pearl certification will tell future home buyers that your home is different, even better, than most of the rest.
Also, when your home becomes Pearl certified, you then get access to their app called Green Door. This app will give you additional resources to help guide you along the energy efficiency path. It can also connect you to Pearl certified contractors, like Energypro, in case you want to talk to someone about maintenance or repairs.
Why Use Energypro for Your Pearl Certification
There’s no denying the fact that home energy efficiency can prove to be a big task. Between replacing windows and insulation to air sealing and smart devices, there are a lot of factors to consider. Thankfully, our Pearl certified experts can show you the way.
When it comes to keeping you comfortable in your home, leave it to the experts at Energypro. We assess your home meticulously for areas of improvement. Then we get to work making your home run efficiently, floor to ceiling, dedicated to your needs. Our energy-efficient experts work to earn your trust from day one to completion.
So, if you’re ready to get started, contact us today for a free consultation.