Saving energy is a great thing, and saving money WHILE saving energy is even better! New homes are so much more energy efficient than homes built even just 5 years ago. The HERS rating (home energy rating) is a great tool that is used to calculate exactly how much energy a home is using, and in turn, how much money a homeowner can expect to save.
The HERS index was developed by a company called RESNET (The Residential Energy Services Network). The HERS rating of any home is a value given to the level of efficiency as compared to a typical “used” home built just a few years ago. This index is the nationally recognized system for calculating a home’s energy performance, and is measured by independent energy raters employed by RESNET. The lower the HERS rating assigned to a home, the more efficient it is. Most existing homes score well above the 100 point mark, and typical new homes score just around 100 points. A net zero energy home would have an index of zero.
Eastwood Homes is very proud to build energy efficient homes that save money for homeowners. Every single home built by Eastwood is measured for efficiency from a member of RESNET and assigned a score on the HERS index. That score represents the actual monetary savings that a homeowner can expect to enjoy with their purchase of an Eastwood Homes. New Homes built by Eastwood score an average of 30 points lower than an average new home, which represents savings of around $600 annually!
Eastwood employs many options that increase the efficiency of their homes, thus lowering the HERS index. The most important energy efficient features include:
- Efficient Duct and HVAC Systems
- Tightly Sealed Exteriors with Effective Insulation
- Low “E” Windows
- Green Building Practices that result in energy savings
- Water Conservation
If you are looking for a home, consider the savings that you will enjoy by choosing new over used while making your decision!