remax-wideThere are hundreds, if not thousands, of houses for sale, but only a select few have a hidden value beyond what you expect: Energy Star Certification. Kristin and John Beise, “The Right Realtors” with Re/Max Advantage Plus, promote homes to perspective buyers that undergo more inspections and testing than typical homes to be independently verified to meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency. Such homes save money on utility bills, provide a more comfortable living environment with better indoor air quality and help protect the environment.

One home being shown now in Mound, MN, is just minutes from a biking trail and the banks of Langdon Lake and features a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) of 58 (lower the number, the more energy efficient), which is nearly 50 percent more energy efficient than the standard new home. The U.S. Department of Energy notes that a typical resale home on the market scores 130 on the HERS Index, while a standard new home is rated at 100.

What makes Energy Star certified homes green are water saving, dual flush toilets and low-flow showers and sinks, solar lights, recyled ceramic tile, 5 Star Energy rated appliances and a high-efficiency hot water heater and furnace. These homes also are hypo-allergenic, featuring 95 percent solid surface flooring throughout, sealed ducts and cold air returns, a HEPA furnace filter, furnace humidifier and a central vacuum throughout the house and garage.

For more information, contact Kristin & John Beise at 612.889.0340 or check out upcoming open house tours at www.BeiseRealEstate.com.

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