The acronym HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. A HERS rating is a nationally recognized system for calculating a home’s energy performance and has recently become an industry standard to measure the energy efficiency of a home. Consumers are more environmentally aware and this rating becomes important to them for many reasons so it’s important that Realtors educate themselves.
What you should know:
-Scores are between 0 and 150
-A typical home scores around 130.
-The lower the score, the better.
-A standard new home score is 100.
-If a home score is 70, it’s 30% more efficient than a standard new home.
How a home is scored is relative to its size, shape and type of home. There are several items considered in the scoring including, but not limited to, all exterior walls, floors over unconditioned spaces (like garages and basements), ceilings and roofs, attics, foundations, crawl spaces, windows, doors, vents and ductwork, HVAC systems, water heating system, thermostats, lighting, and appliances. Improvements in HERS scores have advanced with the installation of more energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs as well as the use of high-performance components and building materials.
What are the benefits?
When a certified HERS rater comes to inspect and evaluate the home’s energy features and prepare a home’s energy rating, they will also make recommendations for improvements that will save the homeowner energy and money. Getting a home HERS rated and making energy improvements can also command a higher resale price not to mention low utility and maintenance costs. A favorable HERS rating gives your seller the competitive edge over the other homes in your neighborhood. To locate a HERS rater, go to http://www.resnet.us/directory/search.
There is a national registry for HERS rated homes. To find out if a home has a HERS rating or what the HERS rating is you can go to http://www1.resnet.us/registry/home.aspx.
Let’s work toward improving our environment, one home at a time.
Posted on December 3, 2014 by Heather Mongie