New National Poll: 9 in 10 Homeowners Trust an Home Energy Assessment Performed by Professional “Certified by an Independent National Organization”

October 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Indoor Air Quality, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - October 2010

Home energy efficiency is valued by the vast majority of American homeowners and would trust a home energy assessment performed by a professional certified by an independent national organization

Key findings from the national survey sponsored by RESNET include:

  • 89 percent of national survey respondents indicating that making their home more energy efficient is important to them personally
  • Less than one in three homeowners believe their homes are “very” energy efficient
  • Lowering utility bills was by far the top goal of having an energy assessment.  Safety was a distant second with reduced carbon footprint a distant third.  Comfort and increased value and increased property value ranked next.

RESNET executive director, Steve Baden stated that, “These findings are a call to action to the industry to help consumers tap into the true value of an independent energy assessment.”

Washington D.C.-based Clarus Research Group, a Qorvis company, conducted a market survey of 800 U.S. homeowners on behalf of RESNET, an industry leader in the energy efficiency marketplace. The sample was defined as adults over 21 years of age who currently own a home or plan to purchase one within the next year. The survey was conducted by Ron Faucheux, Ph.D., president of Clarus and a nationally recognized research and polling expert.

Key among other survey findings:

  • 80% of those surveyed said that if they were in the market to buy a home, an energy assessment conducted by an “unbiased professional” would be important to them
  • Three-fourths oppose a law that would require homeowners to have an energy assessment completed on their home before it could be sold.

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