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H.E.R.S. Explained

The acronym H.E.R.S. is now being seen with increasing frequency. It stands for Home Energy Rating System.
The Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors is now including the ability to record the H.E.R.S. index (now recognized by the Department of Energy) as well as virtually all other modern GREEN features for a residential dwelling in the Multiple Listing System (MLS) as it directly relates to the efficiency of the dwelling. Efficiency relates to performance and performance relates to cost of ownership and indoor environmental quality and it all relates to value.

In a recent Gainesville Sun article (read it HERE) there was reference to and an abbreviated explanation of H.E.R.S. that likened it to the fuel efficiency of an automobile in miles per gallon. I would like to elaborate on that to assure full understanding.
Think of the home (the building) from a performance standpoint and kind of like a car and it's fuel MPG rating (i.e. city and highway). Thought of another way what is the cost of home ownership or same as....what it will cost you at the pump to operate the car.
The H.E.R.S. number is an "index"(on an E-Scale) of the overall efficiency (performance) of ... more

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