Empower Certified Home Benefits
Moving toward full electrification of your household could help you save money, help the environment, and improve your overall quality of life. All of this is made possible through beneficial electrification. Read More
Beneficial electrification is the use of electricity to power devices where doing so satisfies at least one of the following conditions without adversely affecting the other: saves consumers money over time, benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improves product quality or consumer quality of life, and fosters a more robust and resilient grid. Click here to read more about beneficial electrification.
Can cut electricity rate by nearly 50% during off-peak hours (SIEA Members only)
Click here to learn more about SIEA’s time of use rate. Call (719) 647-6250 for more information about products that qualify you for the time of use rate.
Uses energy in the most efficient way possible.
Provides consistent heating and cooling year-round.
In an Empower certified home you will find:
QuietCool Whole House Fan
Marathon Water Heater or Hybrid Heat Pump
Electric Thermal Storage HEATER or Low Temp Heat Pump
Extensive Air Sealing
High Efficiency Windows
* Empower homes with solar installations are not eligible for time of use rates.
Empower Certified Home Builders:
For information on how to become an Empower Certified Home Builder, call (719) 647-6250. Not a builder? Contact us to see which Empower products and services are available to customize you new home.
HOME ENERGY CERTIFICATIONS
The most important reason for certifying the energy performance of a home is to clearly communicate the value of the home’s added features to the marketplace. Certification supports the home’s higher appraised value and encourages higher levels of financing to cover any cost of energy improvements. In a rental market, certification can make the case for higher rents. Third-party certification is an important way to verify that the home is a genuine net zero home under normal use conditions.
When comparing homes, make sure to consider the energy costs as a part of the overall cost of ownership—you will generally find that homes with energy certifications offer a more comfortable home for a lower overall cost.
TYPES OF CERTIFICATIONS
HOME ENERGY RATING SYSTEM (HERS) INDEX
The most common home energy efficiency rating in the U.S. is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, which generates a HERS Index Score. The HERS analysis consists of diagnostic testing conducted with a blower door test, a duct leakage tester, and visual inspection. Read More
These tests determine the amount and location of air leaks in the building envelope, the amount of leakage from HVAC distribution ducts, and the effectiveness of insulation inside walls and ceilings. In new construction, a HERS score is estimated from the plans. During construction, the HERS rater visits the site two or three times to ensure that energy measures are properly installed, and occasionally to facilitate blower-door directed air sealing. The final rating is given when construction is complete. For more information visit hersindex.com. To find a HERS rater, click here.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) ZERO ENERGY READY HOME (ZERH)
ZERH is a certification program for new homes that optimize efficiency, manage related risks, and help ensure future readiness. DOE-certified ZERH is a high-performance home that is so energy efficient, most or all of its annual energy use can be offset with renewable energy. Read More
DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home — even without solar or other on-site renewable power. ZERH are rated on high quality energy efficient measures, extreme moisture protection, advanced heating and cooling systems, low energy-consumption appliances, high indoor air quality, and renewable-energy ready. For more information click here.
Builders, KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS
FYI as of 06/16/20 per HB20-1155 Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence, State law requires that a home builder offer each of the following options to the buyer of a new home:
- A solar panel system or a solar thermal system;
- To prewire or preplumb the home for these systems; or
- A chase or conduit to wire or plumb the home for these systems in the future.
As well as one of the following:
- An electric vehicle charging system;
- Upgrades of wiring to accommodate future installation of an electric vehicle charging system; or
- A 208- to 240-volt alternating current plug-in located in a place accessible to a motor vehicle parking area.