EPA has re-released HomeCalc, a tool that assists ENERGY STAR Homes partners in calculating and presenting the benefits of investing in an ENERGY STAR certified home. With this computer program it’s easy to show in a matter of minutes how ENERGY STAR certified homes that deliver better comfort and protect the environment can cost less to own.
In an easy-to-understand format, users input a homebuyer’s annual income, monthly debt, and down payment along with purchase price, utility bills and mortgage information for a standard home and an ENERGY STAR certified home. Based on this information, HomeCalc can easily show:
Users can print a summary screen with a home buyer’s name, customize HomeCalc to include their company logo, reference specific home models with their associated prices and utility bills, and highlight additional upgrade features that can be effectively financed by the monthly cash-flow savings.
Financial assumptions can also be easily customized including mortgage interest rate and terms. In addition, background assumptions used in various calculations can also be adjusted including income tax, real estate tax and private mortgage insurance rates; homeowner's insurance premiums; mortgage qualifier ratios; the projected value of the energy efficiency upgrade; the number of years a buyer anticipates living in the home; and the term and rate used to calculate the present value of the energy savings.
The minimum system required for HomeCalc is Windows® 98. In addition you will need Microsoft® Word to view the program and need WinZip® to install the program. WinZip® can be downloaded free of charge from the WinZip® Home Page .
Begin downloading HomeCalc v2.1; save the self-extracting file to your desktop. Please note this file is 4 MB in size.
For feedback and questions regarding HomeCalc, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.