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How Does an Energy Rating Work?

  • By Eddie Yandle
  • 03 Mar, 2017

Learn how an Energy Rated New Home Can Impact Your Home ownership Costs.

RESNET’s HERS Index has been getting a whole lot of press recently. It’s steadily gaining traction with builders and home sellers, who are  marketing their homes via HERS Index Scores . Homebuyers are now comparing houses based on their scores before they decide to buy.

After all, a lower  HERS Index Score  means a more energy efficient home, which translates into lower energy costs for both homeowners and potential homebuyers.

  • A standard American resale home is rated at 130 on the HERS Index.
  • A standard American new home is rated at 100 on the HERS Index.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 50 is 50% more energy efficient than a standard American new home.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 150 is 50% less efficient than a standard American new home.

If you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home, you have to get an energy rating.

What’s an Energy Rating and Where Can I Get One?

A home energy rating is a comparative analysis of how energy efficient your home is when compared to similar homes. In other words, a  certified RESNET Home Energy Rater  will conduct a series of tests on your home to ascertain how efficiently it’s performing. Based on the performance results, the rater will issue the home a HERS Index Score (which shows how well your home rates in terms of energy efficiency) and provide you with a detailed report highlighting the energy problems in the home.

What’s Tested during an Energy Rating?

A certified RESNET Home Energy Rater will conduct testing (i.e., an air leakage test, duct leakage test and combustion safety testing) in such areas as:

  • All exterior walls (both above and below grade)
  • Floors over unconditioned spaces (e.g., garages or cellars)
  • Ceilings and roofs
  • Attics, foundations and crawlspaces
  • Windows and doors, vents and ductwork
  • HVAC systems, water heating system, and thermostats

Why Get an Energy Rating?

As a homeowner, an energy rating provides you with a good idea about issues like:

  • How much your home is really costing you
  • How you can cut your energy costs
  • Discover cost-effective ways to increase your home’s comfort level
  • Help add to your home’s resale value

If you’re in the market to buy a home, well, there’s  no better way to establish the real cost  of one than by its HERS Index Score.  The cost of a home is more than just the mortgage – it’s also your monthly energy bills. By reviewing homes by their HERS Index Scores, you can tell which one is more affordable, sort of like comparing the MPG (miles-per-gallon) stickers on new cars.

The housing industry is changing and the HERS Index is leading the charge. Therefore, it makes good sense to contact a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater for an energy audit; as they say, knowledge is power and knowing your HERS Index Score can lead to a whole lot of power – literally!

The Villas News

By Eddie Yandle 17 Jul, 2017

G arden Workshop | Perennials in the Southern Garden

July 29  | 10 a.m. - Noon  
Join Historic Columbia for a Garden Workshop and learn about southern garden perennials and southern garden design, execution and maintenance. Special guest David Poston, senior horticulturist at Moore Farms Botanical Garden  in Lake City, S.C., will share some of his favorite garden perennials that thrive in warm, humid climates. In addition, Historic Columbia’s garden experts will be on-hand to share the ins and outs of show stopping perennials that are easily able to fit within your southern garden. More information here

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 16 May, 2017
By Eddie Yandle 10 Mar, 2017

 A  recent survey found that South Carolina was a top destinations for movers in 2016.   mmatney@islandpacket.com   Mandy Matney

BY MANDY MATNEY

mmatney@islandpacket.com

The Palmetto State is the place to be, apparently.

South Carolina recently ranked as the No. 5 state for inbound movers, according to the   United Van Lines’ National Movers Study , which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.


By Eddie Yandle 03 Mar, 2017

RESNET’s HERS Index has been getting a whole lot of press recently. It’s steadily gaining traction with builders and home sellers, who are  marketing their homes via HERS Index Scores . Homebuyers are now comparing houses based on their scores before they decide to buy.

After all, a lower  HERS Index Score  means a more energy efficient home, which translates into lower energy costs for both homeowners and potential homebuyers.

  • A standard American resale home is rated at 130 on the HERS Index.
  • A standard American new home is rated at 100 on the HERS Index.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 50 is 50% more energy efficient than a standard American new home.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 150 is 50% less efficient than a standard American new home.

If you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home, you have to get an energy rating.

What’s an Energy Rating and Where Can I Get One?

A home energy rating is a comparative analysis of how energy efficient your home is when compared to similar homes. In other words, a  certified RESNET Home Energy Rater  will conduct a series of tests on your home to ascertain how efficiently it’s performing. Based on the performance results, the rater will issue the home a HERS Index Score (which shows how well your home rates in terms of energy efficiency) and provide you with a detailed report highlighting the energy problems in the home.

What’s Tested during an Energy Rating?

A certified RESNET Home Energy Rater will conduct testing (i.e., an air leakage test, duct leakage test and combustion safety testing) in such areas as:

  • All exterior walls (both above and below grade)
  • Floors over unconditioned spaces (e.g., garages or cellars)
  • Ceilings and roofs
  • Attics, foundations and crawlspaces
  • Windows and doors, vents and ductwork
  • HVAC systems, water heating system, and thermostats

Why Get an Energy Rating?

As a homeowner, an energy rating provides you with a good idea about issues like:

  • How much your home is really costing you
  • How you can cut your energy costs
  • Discover cost-effective ways to increase your home’s comfort level
  • Help add to your home’s resale value

If you’re in the market to buy a home, well, there’s  no better way to establish the real cost  of one than by its HERS Index Score.  The cost of a home is more than just the mortgage – it’s also your monthly energy bills. By reviewing homes by their HERS Index Scores, you can tell which one is more affordable, sort of like comparing the MPG (miles-per-gallon) stickers on new cars.

The housing industry is changing and the HERS Index is leading the charge. Therefore, it makes good sense to contact a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater for an energy audit; as they say, knowledge is power and knowing your HERS Index Score can lead to a whole lot of power – literally!

By Eddie Yandle 23 Feb, 2017

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803-748-1234

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803-760-5016

Email

info@echouses.com

Website

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By Eddie Yandle 18 Nov, 2016

Home Considerations for Seniors

Regardless of the type of home design, seniors need to choose homes with suitable amenities, locations, and other considerations for their preferred lifestyle. Buying affordable new homes for seniors does not equate to an isolated, cramped abode.

Amenities

The home and community amenities are some of the most important considerations for new homes for seniors. Items to evaluate include:

  • Main level living for better accessibility
  • Spacious floor plans for family visits, hobbies, and other    activities
  • Smaller lot sizes for easier upkeep
  • Energy efficiency for lower utility bills
  • Senior-friendly features designed with aging in mind, such as  easy-to-open door handles  instead of knobs, shallower steps, and rocker light switches

In addition to interior features, however, many seniors are interested in community amenities as well. Popular options to look for include:

  • Fitness facilities, including pools, tennis courts, and whirlpools
  • Community landscaping and walking trails
  • Meeting spaces for larger gatherings
  • Elegant architecture and building design

Locations

Even the most well-designed community or home, however, can be a financial blunder if it is not in a suitable location. Many seniors lead full, active lives and a new home should have easy access to major transportation routes. Public facilities such as libraries, museums, art galleries, resorts, shopping centers, and other community features should also be nearby. Seniors with health concerns may also want to consider their new home's proximity to health care and emergency facilities.

Upkeep

The upkeep and maintenance of a home can be intense, but affordable new homes for seniors are often designed to minimize or eliminate these concerns. Many homeowners' associations, for example, include landscaping, snow removal, and other basic maintenance, therefore allowing the homeowner to enjoy their new home rather than spending all their time caring for it. Homes designed with seniors in mind are less likely to need extensive renovations to accommodate reduced mobility that may come with aging, and smaller lot sizes can be easier to care for.

By Eddie Yandle 02 Nov, 2016

A favorite hors d’oeuvres or side dish for parties, holidays, family reunions and potluck dinners, deviled eggs are the star of the show on National Deviled Egg Day which is observed each year on November 2.

Deviled eggs are such a well-loved food that for which specially designed carrying dishes and plates have been made. The deli section of the grocery store prepares packaged deviled eggs, and they can be found in some convenience stores, too.

Deviled eggs, also known as eggs mimosa, stuffed egg, salad eggs or dressed eggs, are hard boiled eggs which have been shelled, cut in half and filled with the hard-boiled egg’s yolk mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard. Eggs are quite versatile when it comes to making simple dishes elegant. The deviled egg is another example of taking the humble egg and being able to add one or two favorite ingredients to make a dozen eggs a beautiful centerpiece.  By using colorful relishes, spicy peppers, pimentos or savory herbs, deviled eggs take on an entirely new flavor profile, demonstrating once again just how delicious this family favorite is for special occasions.  Make them a little more creamy with sour cream or a bit more tart with added vinegar, and just about every palate can be satisfied. From the traditional paprika garnish to crunchy bacon, or a little caviar, anchovy or herring, there is some devilish experimenting that can be done.

The first known print reference referring to the term “deviled” about food, appeared in 1786. It was in the 19th century that it came to be used when referring to spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Basic Deviled Eggs recipe .

Use #NationalDeviledEggDay to post on social media.

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