If you’re like most of us, your A/C is probably working over-time as temperatures soar here in the D.C. Metro area. So, how do you make sure that your new home will keep you cool without breaking the bank on your electricity bill?
One sure way is to look for homes with a HERS rating. What’s a HERS rating? Well, HERS—or Home Energy Rating System—is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.
But what does a HERS rating mean for you, the home buyer? Here’s what:
Every HERS-rated home is given a score based on its energy performance as determined by a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater. The lower the HERS rating, the more energy efficient the home. The more energy efficient the home, the more you save on utility bills each month.
Knowing a home’s HERS score BEFORE you buy means you’ll know the projected energy costs of living in that home and can factor that into your decision.
Our recommendation, look for that HERS rating. If the home you’re considering doesn’t have one, request it. You won’t regret it.
To learn more about HERS and RESNET, click here.