If you were hoping to read about ideas for women in your home you are in the wrong place. (Don’t tell your wife or significant other that though!) Well maybe you should keep reading though. What I really wanted to talk to you about today is not her, but HERS which is a rating system of energy efficiency for new homes. It is a test preformed by an independant verifier and is fast becoming the national standard of energy efficiency for homes. (It’s like the home’s version of cars MPG ) Who knows, maybe some day you will see window stickers on homes with HERS ratings on them.
How does it work?
The Rating System:
The scale ranges from 0-150 and the lower the number the more energy efficient it is.
150 is an older used home
100 is a standard code built home
0 is a net zero home (Which is hard to achieve and also expensive to do)
What does this all mean?
Well every point lower you achieve on the HERS rating will save you approximately $30 per year in energy costs! For example all brand new Belman Homes are certified with a Focus on Energy program by a third party verifier. The average HERS rating of our standard homes is around 59-63. That means our new homes will save around $1140 per year over a standard built new home! Take that savings over 30 years and you saved a whopping $34,200. Enough to buy your wife that brand new car or pay for your child’s college for a year! So maybe this article really is about Hers anyway!
If you would like to read further about HERS please check out this article.