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Understanding the HERS Index: A Key to Energy Efficiency

The Home Energy Rating System (H.E.R.S.) Index is the national standard used to measure your home’s energy efficiency. Certified HERS-rated homes are proven to have lower energy costs and higher appraisal values.

How Does the HERS® Index Work?

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. A typical home built to 2006 energy efficiency standards scores 100 on the HERS® Index.

  • A home with a HERS® Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home
  • A home with a HERS® Index Score of 130 is 30% less energy efficient than a standard new home


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Benefits of Getting a HERS Rating for Your Home

A certified Home Energy Rating provides Long Island homeowners energy saving recommendations with several benefits, including:

  • Energy savings: By implementing the recommended home improvements, you significantly decrease your energy consumption
  • Indoor comfort: By reducing drafts and temperature variations, HERS recommendations enhance overall indoor comfort levels.
  • Health: Homes with high HERS Index Scores have healthier indoor air quality due to reduced pollutants and allergens.
  • Energy incentives: Many energy-efficient households are eligible for cash-back incentives and rebates.
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