The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) was developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) as a national standard to score the energy efficiency of a home. Think of it as an energy yard-stick of home efficiency. A HERS rating takes into account many factors of the home, including: insulation levels, HVAC design and installation, air sealing measures, framing, and other energy efficiency factors in the home building process. As more of these measures are implemented, the lower a home’s HERS score may be. It is equivalent to fuel mileage on a vehicle, except the lower the number, the better the efficiency. A home with a HERS rating of 60 will be 40% more efficient than a home with a HERS of 100. A lower HERS rating means a home is using less electricity and gas to run the home.
All across the country the HERS rating is becoming more prevalent in the home building and buying processes as energy efficiency gains importance. Having a HERS rating on a new home also gives builders an edge because they can clearly show what the efficiency levels of their new homes are. This lower energy usage equates to lower utility bills for the homeowner. Second only to the mortgage of a home, utility bills are the largest home expenditure homeowners face. A low HERS will not only lower maintenance costs, it will increase a home’s resale value.
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