Energy use in virtually any Florida building can be cost-effectively reduced by at least 15-30%, saving owners thousands of dollars over the life of their buildings. With skill, building energy use can be reduced by as much as 60-75% if the most efficient technologies are employed in new buildings or where existing buildings are very inefficient.
Total annual electric and gas energy use typically falls into four categories: heating and cooling, water heating, kitchen laundry, and lighting and plug-ins. Utility bill costs the average Florida homeowner five percent of their total annual after-tax income. Floridians are currently paying about 12 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for electricity. Without close monitoring, electrical use can easily push utility costs over $150 per month.
Learn More: How to Reduce Energy Costs in Existing Homes
What is a Home Energy Rating?
Similar to a miles per gallon (mpg) rating for your car, a home energy rating grades the energy efficiency of your house. This value is calculated using the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), developed by ResNet. An energy-efficient home has lower electricity bills and you create a smaller carbon footprint. Many homes can benefit from energy efficient improvements, some of which have a payback period of only a few months.
Learn More: Home Energy Ratings.
Where Can I Find a Home Energy Rater or Blower Door Tester?
- Florida FSEC-Certified HERS Residential Raters
- Florida FSEC-Certified Blower Door Testers
- Nationwide RESNET Professional Member.
New Home Certification Programs
Builders who participate in home certification programs have experience coordinating the multitude of details necessary for achieving high performance goals related to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, building durability, and occupant comfort. Each certification program is based on a rigorous standard of construction, and sets forth mandatory requirements, yet includes enough flexibility to allow for a wide range of design and construction methods.
Learn More: New Home Certification Programs
These designs were winning entries in several statewide design competitions. One set of homes take traditional Florida style and combine it with modern energy efficiency. Another group focused on climate friendly designs that would appeal to a wide range of Floridians. The final group focused on affordability and the ability to be built in phases, all while staying very energy efficient.
Learn More: Home Designs
Simplify the process of finding energy efficient products and homes by looking for the Energy Star label.
Building Research Post
Read the semi-annual newsletter published by the Buildings Research Department.
Learn how to minimize mold growth in your home.
Indoor Air Quality
Visit the EPA’s website on Indoor Air Quality to learn ways to clean the air in your home.
Florida Building Energy-Efficiency Ratings Act of 1993
Read the details of this Florida Statute.
[Last Updated: 07/1/2019]