The Home Energy Rating System: See how your home measures up

by Shea Homes Arizona on February 21, 2014

As a homeowner, when it comes to energy efficiency, you deserve to know how your home stacks up against the rest. That’s why the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) created the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index.

The HERS® Index was created in order to give homeowners and homebuyers a standard for measuring the energy efficiency of houses they own or are planning to buy. It is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. And it’s also the nationally recognized system for the inspection, testing, calculating and labeling of a home’s energy performance.

So how does it work? HERS

A certified Home Energy Rater assesses the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. (See chart to the right.)

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index while a standard new home is awarded a rating of 100. So, a home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home 

Some of the variables included in an energy rating: 

Click on the links to see how Shea Homes uses top of the line technology to increase energy efficiency in our homes: 

To see how a lower HERS Index score could mean savings for you, check out the Interactive HERS Index model!

At Shea Homes we are committed to building homes that always meet or exceed energy efficiency industry standards at every point because that’s what we believe our world needs and it’s what you, the homeowner, deserve. From energy efficient appliances to advanced insulation and superior windows, homes built by Shea are sure to save on your energy bill.

To see how Shea Homes measures up, come visit any of our communities where the HERS Index scores are posted on every model home. You can take a look at our communities in the Valley of the Sun on our website or you can call toll free: 1-866-696-7432 for more information.

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