All About Home Energy Ratings

All About Home Energy Ratings

Energy rating

Have you ever wondered how energy efficient is your home and if there might be ways to lower your electricity and gas bills? An energy efficiency rating can help provide insight into how your home ranks in that respect. Home energy ratings are assigned to homes after assessments have been completed using the industry standard, Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index.

The HERS Index uses factors such as heating, cooling, and lighting to inspect and calculate a home’s energy performance. A score is then given to the home. The lower the score, the more efficient is the home. Homes are rated from 0 to 150 on energy efficiency and consumption, where 100 represents the score of a standard new home that is compliant with the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Across the U.S., many states and cities require homeowners to disclose their home energy ratings to prospective buyers and tenants. By knowing your home energy rating, you can understand how to improve your score and lower your energy usage. If you are searching for a new home to purchase, knowing the home’s energy rating will give you a good idea of how much you’ll be spending on energy each month. A home energy rating can also show areas of a home where systems are not working correctly and using too much electricity.

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