People rarely ask me about the energy efficiency of our homes. Why is this? People never buy a car without comparing it's gas mileage to the competition. Why would you make the largest investment of your life without doing the same?
The HERS Index is the nationally recognized way to give a home a "gas mileage", or rate it's utility usage. Many builders in Omaha, and across the country build homes that are just "built to code". This is the absolute least a builder can provide in a home that is allowed by law. Think about that.
A home built to minimum code would receive a HERS score of 100. Every home The Home Company has ever built has been third party tested and given an individual HERS score. These scores typically rate between 48 and 60. This means the anticipated energy usage for the home is 48% to 60% of the usage of the competitors new home that was just built to code. These houses could be right next door to each other.
Many existing homes in Omaha can test at 200 or higher.
Saving $100/month on utilities is the cost of two plane tickets to anywhere in the United States every year that you live in your home!
I would like to see more people consider this while house hunting. If you are in a model and the builder or agent can't tell you the HERS score, keep looking. They are more than likely pocketing more and offering you a lesser product.
If you're a geek like me and would like to know more about the HERS Index, CLICK HERE.
Happy house hunting!