Residential Energy Services Network standards are officially recognized by the U.S. mortgage industry for capitalizing a building's energy performance in the mortgage loan, certification of "White Tags" for private financial investors, and by the federal government for verification of building energy performance for such programs as federal tax incentives, the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program and the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Program

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Virginia Energy Sense is an information source of the Commonwealth of Virginia designed to assist Virginians seeking ways to lower their monthly energy bills. By doing their part, Virginians can help the Commonwealth achieve its goal to reduce electricity use by 10%. Saving energy is important and with little up front cost or effort, you can save energy at home, at work and at school.

Check out our tips and ideas that "make sense" and explore financial incentives that "save cents," which can quickly add up to dollars. Earn rewards from retailers when you use our tool to track your home energy use and achieve consumption reduction goals.

Why should I hire a professional home energy auditor? If you are interested in getting specific recommendations for improving the efficiency of your home, you should consider contacting a professional Home Energy Auditor. A RESNET or BPI certified auditor can use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of your home. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

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