The HERS index: Measuring the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

We would all like to be more efficient, whether it is at work, with our money, or with our time. We measure how fuel-efficient a car is by calculating the miles per gallon. To measure the energy efficiency of a house, builders and homeowners use a scale called the HERS index. 

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The HERS Index

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index was developed by the Residential Energy Services Network to gauge hoe energy-efficient a new home is. The Hers Index applies specifically to new construction or down-to-the-foundation renovations of an existing home. To determine how energy-efficient your existing home is, you'll want to get an energy audit.

A standard new home earns a HERS Index score of 100. The majority of house scores fall between 0 and 150. The lower the number, the more energy efficient your home is.

Get an Energy Audit

So what can you expect from an energy audit? A HERS Rater assessment will look for air leaks in the building envelope, amount of leakage from HVAC ducts, the effectiveness of insulation inside walls and ceilings, the home's orientation/location, the number and type of windows, and the presence of solar panels or other energy generation methods.

Smart shoppers and people looking for a new home should ask about the HERS Index score. An efficient house is more comfortable, healthy, and costs less to operate. You can learn more at HERS Index Database.