WASHINGTON – Jan. 31, 2012 – If a home is energy efficient and conserves energy, the monthly utility bills won’t be as high. And if the bills aren’t as high, a buyer can afford to pay more each month on the mortgage.
That’s the theory behind Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs). EEMs allow borrowers to qualify for a larger loan and a better, more energy-efficient home.
EEMs are typically used to purchase a new home that is already energy efficient, such as an ENERGY STAR qualified home. However, the term EEM refers to all types of energy mortgages, including Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs), which can be used to purchase an existing home that the buyer plans to improve with energy efficient upgrades. EIMs allow borrowers to roll the cost of the upgrades into the mortgage without increasing the downpayment.