What the Numbers Mean - The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. A standard new home that meets current industry standards for energy efficiency is given a HERS Index score of 100. This is the benchmark against which all other homes are measured. A lower the score means a more energy efficient home, while a higher score denotes the opposite. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index, meaning it is 30% less energy efficient than the reference home. An S R home that is part of the energyTRAC® program can have an average score of around 50-65, meaning they are 50-35% more efficient than a typical new home and 80-65% more efficient than a typical re-sale.
Why ask about the HERS Index?
- Be a knowledgeable energy smart buyer
- Compare the energy performance of our home to others in the market
- Know the projected energy costs of living in our home
- Have peace of mind that our home was inspected by SkyeTec®, a nationally certified professional energy rating specialist
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