DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes: What You Need to Know

By Stacy Mellete

Energy-saving improvements do more than increase comfort levels in your home; they also help you save money. The average family spends about $2,000 per year on energy. With energy-saving upgrades, families could save up to $400 yearly.

The Department of Energy helps homeowners save by establishing guidelines when gauging a home’s energy efficiency, one of which is the Zero Energy Ready Home program. In this post, experts in residential roofers in Clearwater Florida, Affordable Roofing Systems, share everything you need to know about this program, including ways for a homeowner like you to achieve this state.

What is a Zero Energy Ready Home?

A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a high performance home that is energy-efficient enough to offset most, if not all, of its annual energy consumption through a renewable energy system.

The program started in 2008, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Builders Challenge program has since recognized hundreds of builders for their achievements in energy efficiency. The efforts these builders have made towards upholding sustainability have resulted in more than 14,000 energy-efficient homes and millions of dollars in energy savings.

Formerly DOE Challenge Home, the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home challenges the performance of today’s homes by setting rigorous requirements to ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, health, comfort, and durability.

How Can Homeowners Achieve This?

Home renovations and upgrades can help you transition to a Zero Energy Ready Home, especially when you work with a contractor that cares about the plight of the environment. The roofing industry presents many green options, one of which is cool roofs. Ask the expert in commercial and residential roofing in Clearwater Florida, Affordable Roofing Systems, for your green roofing options.

We are a GAF MasterElite Roofing Contractor, Tamko Pro Installer, and Drexel and Gerard certified metal roofing contractor. This means we can present you with a wide range of roofing products and services that can cater to your energy efficiency needs.

Ask us about how we can help make your home Zero Energy Ready. Call us today at (813) 542-8462 to request a free estimate.

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