Energy costs continue to rise, but one way to lower your winter energy bills is with a new energy efficient home. Our homes are all rated using the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index.
What do the numbers mean?
As far as energy rating benefits go, one of the major ones is informing homeowners about the energy performance of their homes. Many homeowners are plagued by high utility bills and are unaware that in many cases the fault may lie not in over usage of electricity but performance issues with the house. An energy rating will rank a home based on its performance and assign it a HERS Index Score. The HERS Index Score functions as a MPG (miles-per-gallon) sticker for houses, and informs homeowners about how their homes compare to other similar ones when it comes to energy usage. A lower HERS Index Score signifies a more energy efficient home.
How much is your home really costing you?
Many prospective buyers who are considering a home purchase will look primarily at prices and mortgage options when deliberating the financial cost of the home. What they don’t take into account are the energy costs. While it is natural to assume that it is the mortgage payments that constitute the main cost of home ownership, the fact is that when buying a home, the energy usage should also be factored into its cost as well. Otherwise, you aren’t getting an accurate picture of how much that home will cost to maintain and run, and whether or not you can afford it. This is another one of the major energy rating benefits. The more energy efficient a home is, the lower its HERS Index Score is.