A survey by Fannie Mae found that the cost of heating, cooling, and hot water is now the highest single cost of homeownership, second only to the cost of the loan on the property. When buyers are prowling through the Hopkinton and Metrowest listings this season, the more savvy among them are beginning to look for a HERS number: itsHome Energy Rating System audit score.
HERS was developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). This score represents the foremost nationally recognized system for calculating energy efficiency. Even if a formal HERS audit hasn’t been conducted, knowing how they calculate their findings gives buyers and sellers a conceptual basis for comparing prospective area property purchases. Items inspected include:
- Building envelope features (windows, doors, insulation, ducts) and ages
- Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment types, characteristics and ages
- Appliance and lighting characteristics
- Comfort complaints
- Visible moisture issues
- Visible health and safety issues
When a full HERS Index is calculated, the lower the score, the greater the home’s energy efficiency. According to RESNET, more than 1,100,000 homes now have a HERS score — including 40% of all new homes. It’s why more and more existing homeowners find that including a HERS score in their local listings adds a powerful competitive selling point.
Massachusetts has implemented a very stringent energy efficiency "Stretch code" for all New Construction homes requiring energy efficiency audit be submitted with building permit application and a test results analysis for occupancy permit.
The MassSave subsidized by your loacal utility company will perform a FREE energy audit of your home and actually perform some free adjustments to your home to help improve your homes energy efficiency.
Contact me if you would like help preparing a marketing package. It could one that features your own HERS score: if your home is energy efficient, that’s one audit we’ll want to volunteer for!
When you are buying a home or selling a home start by working with a seasoned real estate professional who will keep your best interests at heart! I have helped home buyers and sellers for over 25 years. I’ll be there for you throughout the entire process! I can also refer you to reputable mortgage lenders, home inspectors and contractors.
Hopkinton, MA Real Estate Expert
RE/MAX Executive Realty