The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. The HERS or Home Energy Rating System was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home’s energy performance and determine what improvements can be made to increase it.
With home energy costs skyrocketing, it only makes sense to find out how energy efficient a home really is. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that houses built in line with today’s energy code use 30% less energy than older homes. Many builders today are building homes that use 70% less energy than existing ones.
Be an Energy Smart home buyer Compare the energy performance of a home to others in the market. Know the projected energy costs of living in the home. Have peace of mind that the home was inspected by a nationally certified professional energy specialist.
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization to help homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient. As well as developing the HERS Index, RESNET is also responsible for the national training and certification standards for Raters, which are recognized by federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry. In order to qualify as a certified RESNET rater, home energy professionals must first complete the rigorous training and testing required and agree to abide by the RESNET Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. RESNET Certified HERS Raters have rated over 1 million homes since 1995. For more information about RESNET, visit www.resnet.us
Outside of a mortgage loan, the highest cost of homeownership is energy. Smart homebuyers examine a home’s HERS Index to determine its energy efficiency before buying, much like checking the MPG sticker on a car. It makes sense to know the energy performance of a home before making the investment.